What Happens?

How important is knowing the score?

What happens when we don’t keep track of important things?

How is it possible to improve what we do not measure?

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. The important “thing” is knowing what’s important. Running times — are they important? They are in this house. Daughter finishes a meet and the first question is: What was your time? But really is it important? Mid term grades come in… some exams are tougher than others. Are those grades important?

    BTW: Daughter cleanly shaved 6 secs off of her 1000 m time. Runner’s comment: I was there.

    Maybe the importance lies in being totally present for whatever the circumstance is: race or test. And to know that regardless of the outcome you were committed.

  2. Doctor’s check up to go over blood test results. First questions.
    What’s my cholesterol?
    How are my triglycerides?
    And my PSA?
    And on and on….
    Not knowing, not comparing from previous year, not making links to what raises or lowers….dangerous and even life-threatening…

  3. Jeff,

    When I read this, my mind took me to something I was just saying to my boss the other day. I told him, “Any good training program that is worth its salt isn’t an ‘end all’ package.” I went to the ADDIE model of training development (Analysis, Design, Develop, Implement, Evaluate). All the first 4 are important, but if you leave off the “Evaluation” part at the end, what are you left with? Is the training meeting the needs?

    And yes, the ADDIE model applies to so much more than just developing training packages. It applies to life. And if you go through the first 4 without looking at it to see if it works, we could be going through the motions of life but in the wrong direction. And all along, we could be saying, “But I am doing all I said I would do!” However, is it meeting the goals?

    It is like a friend of mine says often: “If your problem is that you are running in the wrong direction, then running harder and faster isn’t the solution.” You need to evaluate your situation and make course changes, if necessary.


  4. Bob, my wife and I were poster adults for: “Be careful about climbing the ladder, it may be leaning the against the wrong wall.”

  5. Jeff,

    But you know what? You have hind sight now and recognized the ladder was on the wrong wall. But you went one step further – you moved the ladder to the right one. 🙂 That’s the point where a lot of people give up before getting to.

    Phil. 1:3

  6. Bob, good Sunday morning. Always appreciate hearing from you.

    It matters little to walk to do the preaching, if not the walking, IS the preaching.

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