Give Your Business Instant Replay
Celebrating your wins and forgetting mistakes is a recipe for mediocre. Sports teams and athletes review game footage regularly, whether they’re winning or losing, as a key part of their training. And watching replays isn’t just for Olympians, NHL coaches, actors and speakers. Businesses can learn to knock it out of the park from reviewing recent history too.
Get real with yourself
The point of reviewing footage in sports is to notice things after the performance that may or may not have been noticed in the moment. You’re watching with perspective of knowing your results and what happened when you tried things.
If we want to get better, we’ve got to take a look at what we’ve already done.
Remember when we talked about KPIs?
Those nasty Key Performance Indicators. They should always be on your radar. Entrepreneurs need to schedule time shortly after a project is done to assess what parts went according to plan, whether anything exceeded expectations, and where we tripped over our own feet.
Are you being honest with yourself and your team?
Scope out the road behind
Another approach is to look back at projects further in the rearview. How do the projects you did six months ago compare with what you’re doing today? Have your skills improved? Have you become more efficient? Sometimes we’re so busy working that we don’t notice the incremental improvements that we’ve made and we forget to give ourselves credit. Don’t miss out on that team high-five!
It ain’t always pretty
Once in awhile when you’re watching footage, you might feel a little sheepish or even flat-out embarrassed. That’s part of it, too. It’s often easier to judge the work other people have done over our own. You’re often too close to your stuff. But if you don’t notice your shortfalls in the moment or on replay, how are you ever going to make a plan to correct them?
Facts and Numbers Never Lie
If you wanna get really granular with your footage review, add some data. Come up with some KPIs for your business to track that will help you improve the things that are important to you and your team.
Let’s watch that replay one more time.