Sep 6, 2018
MEASURE WHAT YOU WANT
I recently built a garden shed, and as I was measuring a stud to cut, it suddenly struck me that no matter what cut I was making, I never measured the bit I didn’t want--I always measured the part I was going to use. But how often in life and work is our focus on that little leftover scrap of wood we don’t want?
We’d never build a shed with instructions stating only how much to take off each piece, yet it can be tempting to focus our emotion on things we don’t want.
“POSITIVE MEASURES” Farming and America’s quest for higher yield = Proof that what we focus on, grows!
Year vs. U.S. Corn yield
1930 = 30 bushel/acre
1960 = 60+ bushel/acre
1980 = 100 bushel/acre
2017 = 176+ bushel/acre
RISKS OF A NARROW FOCUS
Caution: When we concentrate on a narrow focus, we risk tunnel vision and losing perspective of overall goals. We can get so focused on that singular goal that all other aspects of the business or our lives fall away.
Billy Beane (of Oakland A’s) understood this and began looking at players’ “on-base percentages” to uncover undervalued players. This approach, made famous in the hit book and movie, Moneyball, brought one of the lowest-budget teams from a .400 season to a .630 season in six years.Remember: You get more of what you measure...but you have to temper that with a consistent vision of the “Big Picture” to keep from going astray.
TIPS FOR MANAGING MEASUREMENTS ON THE FARM
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