How to Generate Enthusiasm with Assessments

baseball

Those who don’t enjoy measuring results, don’t enjoy achievement.

Unmeasured results don’t matter.

Hitting baseballs reminded me that effective assessments increase enthusiasm, concentration, and satisfaction.

The visit:

Dahliah, Asher, and Abram, three of our grandkids, are spending the week with us.

Asher, our seven year old grandson, is a sports fanatic. Yesterday, while in his red Phillies baseball jersey, I spent an hour hitting baseballs to him. He’s pretty good, if I must say so. He loves diving to make spectacular catches.

Poor performance:

His throwing, on the other hand, is inconsistent. Sometimes the ball has a mind of its own. Asher didn’t like seeing Poppi chasing after his inaccurate throws so I gave him a few throwing tips. Things got better but I could tell he still wasn’t happy.

Define winning.
Measure results.
Reward achievement.

The assessment:

“Hey Ash,” I said, “If Poppi doesn’t have to move to get the ball, when you throw it back, it’s a 10. But every step I take to get the ball is a point off.” His energy and attitude immediately lifted.

I took three steps to retrieve his next throw. Before I could announce his score, he called out, “That’s a seven.”

“Not bad,” I said. He smiled. Determination to get a ten gleamed on his face.

As his throws continued, he earned a few tens and everything from zero to nine. Curiously, after a perfect throw,  he called out, “Four.”

“Four?” I asked.

He said, “That’s four tens in a row.” He’d been keeping track of his achievement.

Enthusiasm requires:

  1. Clear pictures of winning.
  2. Measurable results that matter.
  3. Transparent, unbiased assessments.
  4. Immediate feedback.
  5. Belief that excellence is possible.

Bonus: Challenging and supportive environments.

What factors make assessments effective? Ineffective?

Hear Stephen M.R. Covey sharing his personal journey into the Speed of Trust. 

Stephen M.R. Covey