“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” — Aldous Huxley
As a mentor at work, I like to checkpoint results.
While I can do area-specific coaching, I tend to take a more holistic approach. For me, it’s more rewarding to find ways to unleash somebody’s full potential and improve their overall effectiveness.
Are You Improving Where It Counts?
Aside from checking against specific goals, I use my Improvement Frame to gauge progress.
I’ve used my Improvement Frame as a very effective lens for quickly finding areas that need work or for finding sticking points. It also helps show where there’s been dramatic changes. While situations or circumstances may not change much, I find that changes in strategies and approaches can have a profound impact.
My take on this is that while you can’t always control what’s on your plate, you can control how you eat it.
6 Key Categories for Improvement
Here are the categories I use for my “Improvement Frame”:
- Thinking / Feeling
- Time / Task Management
- Domain Knowledge
- Strategies / Approaches
The Improvement Frame
Here’s a sampling of the questions I use.
|Thinking / Feeling|
|Time / Task Management|
|Strategies / Approaches|
Your mileage will vary.
As you get comfortable with the frame and checking your progress, you can add new categories and create new prompts.
Your personal improvement frame should be a continuous improvement frame that adapts along with your personal growth.
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