The other day I was on a long walk with my wife and I realized my FitBit was dead! I set a goal to walk 4 miles a day this year and I need those miles to count! I was so distraught at this turn of events that I could feel my blood pressure rising. After a couple of minutes of voicing my frustration my wife was so amused that she laughingly stated, “don’t worry honey, I’ll give you credit for the miles!”
Sometimes I think that we have created stressful environments as leaders by all the scoreboards, dashboards we try to look good on and accountability lists we all try to keep our names off of. We spend all our time documenting results and justifying variances that we forget to enjoy the “walk!”
I know we need to measure results and have accountability in our organizations, but how often do we keep our teams from taking a new and better path that we see in the middle of a fiscal year because our incentive compensation is tied to things that seemed really important 10 months earlier when goals were set, but in reality will not have as much impact as something we recognize after the fiscal year begins? Many times industrious self-starters tackle the new initiatives, but when goal review comes around, the miles on those initiatives do not count.
If you are a leader, make sure there is flexibility to tell your team to take that new path and you will still give them credit for that extra mile!