Why Improvement Efforts Fail (part 3 final)

Recap: Part 1 and Part 2.
This is the third and final installment of “Why Improvement Efforts Fail”. I promise.

  • Key Factor 7: Little or No Teamwork or Cooperation
    One participant group in the referenc study stated that, “healthcare is rapidly becoming the ultimate team sport.” I call BS. LIFE or rather LIVING is the ultimate team sport. Sheesh. Yes, your healthcare provider likely has a bunch of team mates working together to manage your health, but YOU can have that, too! Sure, not all of us can afford to go to the gym (raises hand), hire a trainer (keeps hand up), buy fancy equipment (gosh my arm is tired), sign up with a nutritionist (lays forearm over top of head), or go away to fancy spa vacations (holds up arm with opposite arm). But we do have other people in our lives who we can enlist to our team. Friends, co workers, neighbours, etc. Think about “who are the people in your neighbourhood?” and talk to them about your goals, what you’ve been eating, ask them what they are doing. Engagement with others is critical, IMHO, to successful improvement.
  • Key Factor 8: Failing to Provide Ongoing Measurement, Feedback, and Accountability
    Per Longenecker, “change efforts fail when leaders don’t track progress or coach people daily.” Seems simple enough, right? Over the years I have used several online tracking tools as well as wrist mounted GPS, and even a big ‘ol Garmin GPS that was intended for hiking, etc., to track my distance, time, etc. I’ve narrowed it down to about 3 apps now: MyFitnessPal, MapMyFitness, and NOON Walk. if you are looking to add some more accountability or to just start with this type of accountability, feel free to look me up. I’m bigzigfitness on all platforms.
  • Key Factor 9: Unclear Roles, Goals, and Performance Expectations
    For me this one ties in nicely with # 8 above: once you’ve gathered your team of supporters, be sure to make certain that they know what you expect from them. Perhaps there is someone in your group who really knows the area and can offer suggestions and tips about trails to hike. Another might be able to hook you up with some used equipment or clothing. Still another might, with the help of her son, make really tasty granola, and another will keep an eye on the house and kids and support your ‘need’ to run in the hills. Be sure to let them know how they can help, and be sure to thank them for their support!.
  • Key Factor 10: Lack of Time, Resources, and Upper-Management Support
    Ever tried to make changes at work, only to find out that your boss isn’t really behind your efforts? Nah, me either! (BAAAAHAHAHA….gettin’ a big punchy up in here…) In the case of YOUR (our) personal improvement efforts, WE are Upper-Management. Yep. So even if you’ve gathered several resources, given them a clear idea of what you would like from them, and hve the snazziest app on your device(s), if you don’t schedule TIME to get stuff done, you won’t get stuff done. Simple as that. SO. Here’s what I’m going to try to do, and I suggest that you join me. SCHEDULE YOUR IMPROVEMENT TIME just like you would anything else. If any of you have tried this and been successful at it, please share some tips in the comments. I sure can use some!

    Thank you for sticking with me through this series. I hope that at least some of it has been at least somewhat helpful.



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