Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Comparing Ourselves with Others

If we measure our success by comparing our accomplishments with others, we will never feel successful. As they used to say in the old cowboy movies, “There’s always a faster gun.” At the Harvard Business Review online, HBS Professor Thomas DeLong offers alternative measures:

  1. Capstone progress: Chart your progress toward your ideal position, determining if you're acquiring the experiences and expertise that make you a viable candidate for that position.
  2. Satisfaction index: Keep track of how meaningful and fulfilling your work is; create a numerical satisfaction scale that depends on how much you're enjoying what you do and how purposeful it seems; take a reading regularly.
  3. Learning level: Assess the knowledge and skills you're acquiring and whether you're becoming an "expert" in any one area (this is a more subtle measure, but it still can serve as a viable alternative to comparing behaviors).



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