Creating a Personal Scorecard at Work

Posted In: Five Tips
Posted On: 9/19/2017

True confession.  I have been in a new job for about nine months and I don’t think I am doing a very good job.  No one has told me that (yet).  They don’t have to because I have my own personal scorecard.

I developed this concept to keep track of what is important to me and how I am doing relative to what is important to me.  Because at the end of the day, if I am meeting my own personal standards, I will exceed the standards of my employer.  I also created it so I could self-correct if I got off track (like I am now) and subsequently, develop a plan to get back on track. 

On a positive note, it’s a terrific way to build your confidence when things are going well!  If you look at your personal scorecard and you are acing it, pat yourself on the back, celebrate with your favorite adult beverage, and/or buy yourself a little something awesome.  And don’t forget to write in your WOW (What Obviously Works) journal what you have been doing that is so great, so you can do it again and again!

Here are five tips to create a personal scorecard at work:

1. Identify at least three things that are important to you at your job (and maybe even the reason why they are important);

2. Give yourself a green (who is better than you?), yellow (feeling mediocre and who wants to be mediocre?), or red (yikes!) score;

3. Outline the issues that drive that score;

4. Develop a plan to fix if it is yellow or red and continue if it is green; and

5. Put your plans into action ASAP!  You want to get rid of the yellow and reds yourself before someone does it for you!

Because my personal scorecard is, well, personal, I am going to create one that can serve as an example.

As you create your own scorecard, remember, these are the things that are IMPORTANT to you in your job.  By doing this exercise, you will be creating a self-awareness that will result in better performance, guaranteed!  And, it can also work in your home life, too.  Just saying.