How many degrees do you have? How many years do you have in on the job? How many ‘promotions’ do you have? How many conferences have you attended? How many certs do you have?
Metric’s are an interesting thing… they are invaluable if you have a business process or product your trying to measure. Meeting a metric is usually a guarentee of success: If it takes you X time to make a widget and you can take that time to X-1, that means you make X-1 more money or more widgets..
It’s quite another thing if we are trying to measure our value in the workplace.. because if you achieve metric or cert level 1, you should know concretely that if you do what it takes you’ll get to cert level two.
We have a system that sort of models this.. MBA = management.. sometimes… and that’s the problem: sometimes. PIC’s live in the world of certs, stats, degrees, and measurements. We are always being measured, but our own personal metrics don’t offer the same outcomes as the measurements in the workplaces we work in.
Wouldn’t it be nice…
- If you get an MBA you will automatically be given a promotion and 5 people who will work under you..
- If you get a PhD you will automatically be hired by the college full time with benefits
- If you write 5,000 blog articles, 20 indi video games, 2 movies, or 48 songs you will automatically get a publishing deal
Out metrics are important for trending purposes, just like in the business world.. but unlike in the business world there is no guarantee on the benefit of all your measured output.