Smart Hacks for Leadership Habit-Tracking

Nowadays, there’s an app for practically everything. And when it comes to trackers, that’s most certainly true. There are apps that track health and fitness, financials, your home’s energy consumption—and more. The list goes on and on…and for good reason!

Studies show that tracking and measuring goals works. From a cultural standpoint, the proliferation of goal-tracking apps proves how important it is to get those goals documented. Whether putting them down on paper or in an app, this habit boosts the odds that you will visit those goals more often, create strategies to achieve them, and shift your mindset into being more goal-oriented, productive and, ultimately, successful.

As Peter Drucker famously quoted and noted, “What gets measured, gets managed.”

So how do you build engagement around goal-setting for you and the people you lead?

Start with a proven accountability system, one that might look something like this: Everyone is focused on a shared vision; sets goals to support it; tracks and measures the goals; and takes action to address shortcomings and reinforce successes. At Management Action Programs, which has been helping leaders and companies accelerate performance and get results for 60+ years, our clients use our Vital Factors® System for accountability. Integral to that accountability system are innovative, smart and efficient ways to track and measure success. Fast feedback and real-time dashboards help empower teams so they can respond effectively.

That’s where leadership technology solutions like the soon-to-be-released MAPapp come into play. Helping you integrate goals into your busy life, the MAPapp digitizes vital goals, so you and your teams can track and measure progress through a 24/7, interactive dashboard. It’s habit-tracking made easy, accessible accountability right at your fingertips. And, no doubt, we can all use a little easy in our lives. When such tasks become easier to manage, we can shift our attention to other, more vital responsibilities. We become more engaged in work that feels more meaningful, which means we’re more engaged, successful and even happier.

But here’s the thing. If you want to improve your habits around goal achievement, you’ve got to have something that no app or other habit-tracking trick-of-the-trade can provide.

You’ve got to have a goal-oriented mindset. And let’s be honest: That’s got to come from within. It’s not something you can load onto your phone or find in staring at some blank piece of paper. That goal-oriented mindset comes from making that personal commitment to consistently engage, push your comfort zone, and grow. And that comes from the personal commitment and the daily discipline to be GREAT.


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