Charting Your Progress

March 26th, 2014 by ificore

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I love the saying, “What gets measure gets managed.” If you are not tracking what is getting done, you do not have a record to monitor your progress.

Recently we worked with Jennifer, one of our leading stylists at one of my companies. Jennifer works full-time at Whiskers Resort & Pet Spa. We were filming a video lesson with her. Jennifer arrived on set beaming. She couldn’t wait to tell us she just beat her personal best in grooming sales for one week.

It wasn’t official — yet — but she was pretty confident she broken her old record of $4,056 in weekly sales. I followed up a few days later with my manager. She was correct. She had  beaten  her old record!!  Jennifer’s previous personal best was set during the holiday season of 2011. She had come close a few times but had not been able to break the barrier until now. Her new benchmark was now set at $4,468! Wow. I was impressed.

I was impressed for three reasons.

  1.  She was grinning from ear to ear. Jennifer was extremely excited about her accomplishment – as well she should be. Her positive attitude was contagious.
  2.  She always tracks her weekly sales. She always knows her targets along the way. If Jennifer is off her mark, she knows it immediately.  She knows if she on top of her game. If she sees opportunities to push herself – she knows instantly when they appear and how hard to push. No one has to tell her – she pushes herself.
  3. She helped the entire company reach its sales and growth marks by being so proactive with her own personal success.

If you are a professional groomer or salon business owner, tracking your progress is a great way to grow and learn. Plotting your course and tracking your results can be very rewarding. And fun too! Targets can be set for an individual, a small team of people, or for the entire company.

In order to set a goal in the first place, you need to know where you stand. That’s the advantage of benchmarking. Benchmarking is defined as setting a baseline or standard for your work. It’s the ‘pace car’ for future activities. Once a standard is set, you can measure performance over time, set goals, discover areas targeted for improvement and be proactive when change is needed.

Tracking your progress does not have to be hard. There are four areas that can simplify the process;

  1. Make charting your results fast and easy .
  2. Record progress on a regular basis.
  3. Keep your eye on the target by reviewing results frequently.
  4. Provide positive feedback when results are achieve.

Tracking and charting results provides a gauge on how well your efforts are doing. They paint a clearer picture when it comes to hitting the targets. If a target is fuzzy or does not exist, it’s extremely difficult to hit a bull’s-eye. It’s critical you know what you are aiming for!

It’s also amazing what people will aim for. The reward does not have to be large. Sometimes just knowing is enough to see results. Other times it’s as simple as adding a star or smile face to the chart. If the results are larger with clear cut objectives, larger recognition prizes might be attached to the end goal. Get creative. Build enthusiasm. Have fun rewarding yourself and your team.

We all want progress to be positive. That’s the exciting part. However, the best time to make changes in what you are doing is BEFORE you get too far off track. Before you get into trouble. By monitoring changes, you will clearly see when you need to alter your course. When an area is stagnate and needs adjustment or when you are exceeding performance standards.

Measuring your successes and failures is one of the most important things you can do to enhance your career or business. No matter what you are doing, if you are looking to improve, remember this phase. “What gets measure gets managed.”

Happy Trimming!