The other day we went out and invested in a scale as a part of the “New Year’s Resolution”. So – of course – I started weighing myself every morning. And – to no surprise – on the days when my weight went down a little – I was feeling better about myself. And – again to no surprise – on the days when my weight went up – I was not feeling so proud. But – and this was a little bit of a surprise – I now find myself thinking more and more as I eat things how it might affect my “weigh in” tomorrow.
This got me thinking – it is not that I was unconcerned with what I was eating prior to buying the scale, but I was not paying as much attention. Then, by addition in this measurement into my daily routine, all of a sudden my thinking had changed and the level to which I paid attention to what I was doing increased significantly. Is this transferable to the world of business? I would postulate that it is and that a lot can be learned about human behavior from the most simple things. I have always been a fan of metrics – but have never really thought through the scales that could help in terms of motivation.
Can you implement a scale in your every day activity? Can you assign scales for your team members? Try it. Let me know if it helps.