Most of us are in the habit of first looking at the numbers to measure our team's effectiveness. Increased numbers means success, right? I'm a fan of professional sports so think about it like this with me: In any professional sport season how many are really in the race for the MVP trophy? Usually it comes down to just two or three athletes that are good enough to compete for the title. Sometimes it's not even that close and everyone knows it. In your leadership, if your MVP's numbers are the standard of measurement for your team's performance, you are measuring unfairly. After all, most valuable really means, "Unlike anyone else." Using only numbers to measure will leave you micromanaging the least performing and applauding a small percentage of people setting the bar. What about those who are grinding it out in the middle? And if professional sport analogies make you want to kidney punch me, then think back to a class where one genius of a kid wrecked the class curve for everyone. Great leaders take more into consideration that just numbers because they focus on development, not just results. [youtube 1W8xATT20kA]
Everyone loves an MVP but I'm looking for TIR: Time Invested Relationally. I want to know how much my leaders have invested relationally with their people or target audience. John C. Maxwell teaches that before people buy into a vision, they buy into the leader. How do I look for TIR? How many lunches is this person having with other people? Lunch is in the middle of our day, it's probably when our minds are at its peak of awareness and creativity. Is this specific time of the day invested with people? And I'm not saying it only has to be lunch, it might be breakfast or dinner but the question is, "When are you at your best and are you investing in relationships with people at that time?" The people you lead are fully aware of two things: 1. Do you care for them and 2. are you giving them your best? Jimmy Johns slogan is that their delivery is "Freaky Fast" but sharing lunch with a person you lead is "Freaky Effective."