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M - Measuring Your Performance

Think about your favourite sports team. Have you ever noticed how well the players perform compared with people in your organization? Why is this so? One reason is that people on a sports team always know how they are doing. Their performance is measured so they can see and feel the effects of their efforts. And they can celebrate achievements or identify opportunities for improvement.

One of the most effective ways to measure team performance is performance indexing. The system is based on the balanced scorecard concept, in that it can

Performance indexing is a powerful tool for motivating a team or its individual members. You can use it to

Take these steps to set up your own scorecard:

Step 1.

Define why you come to work. Create your own mission.

Before creating your scorecard, you need to define your purpose. This purpose, or mission, should be based on the mission of your organization. For example, if your corporate mission is to provide exceptional service and be the supplier of choice, then your mission should reflect similar lofty ideals. A simple formula for writing up a mission is to answer these six questions:

Once these questions have been answered, put them into the framework below.

Who ________ What ________
(1) (2)
How ________ Who ________
(3) (4)
Where ________ Why ________
(5) (6)

Create a sentence or two from the above elements to serve as your mission statement.

Step 2.

Identify key performance indicators that will track whether you are operating according to your mission.

Identify the most important categories of performance. These categories typically relate to

Where possible, pick performance indicators that are

Step 3.

Determine existing performance levels.

Average your performance over the previous three months or another period. As you gather data, you will see how suitable your indicator is. If, for example, it becomes extremely costly to collect information, the indicator's value should be questioned.

Current performance levels should be entered into the matrix that appears on the next page. Enter information in the boxes corresponding to the score of 3 to provide more room for improvement than for decline on the 0–10 scale.

Current Performance Levels

Step 4.

Establish goals.

Your goals should be

Then enter your goals into the matrix at the level corresponding to the score of 10 (see below).

Performance Goals

Step 5.

Establish mini-goals.

You will not be able to improve from a score of 3 to 10 overnight. It may take you a year to do this. Therefore, it is important that you are able to track your progress towards the final goal. Mini-goals will help you measure your improvement.

These mini-goals are entered in the matrix at the levels corresponding to the scores of 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9, as below.

Establish Mini Goals

Step 6.

Establish the lower performance levels.

Record the lowest possible level of performance. This allows any decline below your current performance level to be captured.

Low Performance Levels

Step 7.

Assign weights.

Decide on the relative importance of each of the chosen indicators, then assign them a weighting. These weights should add up to 100 percent. (This weighting, multiplied by the score, will allow the team to calculate its overall performance for each period.)

Weight Performance Levels

Step 8.

Allow for a period of development.

Wait a month or two before confirming the final scores. During that period

Step 9.

Plan for improvement.

Develop action plans that will improve performance in all areas. Ensure that these actions

Step 10.

Tabulate scores and calculate the index at the end of each period.

At the conclusion of each monthly period, you should gather data and plot the results on your chart.

Review your performance with your boss regularly. Send her a monthly copy with any appropriate comments.

Review Performance

Step 11.

Plot the results.

The performance should be plotted on a graph against a target curve that starts at 300 and ends at 1,000, as below. A three-month moving average may be used to accommodate variations.

Compare Performance Against Target

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