New Year, New You: Oh, the Places You’ll Go if You Measure!

Happy YOU year! And we’re off! I’ve been fast at work scheduling conferences, speaking engagements, thought leadership content, and my own professional development. I hope you are being intentional about your own growth plan as well.

This year I am focusing on measurement, a topic extremely important to us all. Yet, it is often neglected. Let’s face it, measuring is hard, it’s time-consuming, and it can be scary. Sometimes we don’t want to know what the data could tell us. But I keep coming back to this question: How will you know when you are successful or when you’ve met your goals if you don’t measure? I know, I know... What if we measure, and we fail? Push aside that fear! What if you succeed? And how can you continuously improve if you have nothing to measure against?

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I’m going for it and taking a deeper dive into the following this year. Let’s see where the adventure leads!

  • Establishing metrics that matter, those that really indicate value

  • Identifying which key performance indicators are best for measuring learning effectiveness and user adoption, and how specifically to measure each

  • Recognizing what OKRs are, why I should care, and how to use them with my clients and in my work (NOTE: I’m super excited to learn more about OKRs, as this something several top companies use and is discussed in a book I’m reading on “Measure What Matters” by John Doerr.)

  • Figuring out the proper cadence to measure

  • Finding what tools exist for metrics that are easy to use and inexpensive (NOTE: I’ve created a spreadsheet that generates a visual dashboard but what else is out there? It is always fun to discover new tech!)

  • Overcoming obstacles associated with measurement – especially that measuring is time-consuming – and identifying key strategies to help me find time to do this (NOTE: I have a feeling this more about priorities. What compelling statistics exist which prove to me that I do have time and need to make this a priority?)

If you have insight to share with me, I’d love to hear from you. Where is your professional growth journey taking you this year?


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