How Can You Improve Execution If There Is No Bar?

How Can You Improve Execution If There Is No Bar?

Raising the bar can mean many things. The bar could be a target, a goal or an accomplishment. I am talking about raising the bar on execution. Let me explain myself. I have written in the past about coaching and people development and the impact that it has on your life and your career. Great coaches have systems and processes. More commonly known as “standards”. These standards set “the bar”. They are the specific details around “how” you are supposed to do something. “How can I improve if I am not sure how I am supposed to do it in the first place?” In the sporting world having standards in place are a given for successful coaches. However, this can be a fundamental flaw in any business model. How often have you heard employees indicate that their training consisted of the handing over of the keys, an account list and a token “Call me if you have any questions.” Don’t get me wrong, there are many successful people out there that learned the ropes on their own and can thrive in that kind of work environment. I know there are countless studies out there on the ROI of training and the practise of following a set of standards and my experience validates the effectiveness if it is done right. To give you a visual, I am sure you have all seen what happens when five year olds play soccer for the first time. The coach sends them onto the field and it is complete mayhem. Kids running in all directions, some picking dandelions, some looking up at the sky and...