#8: Elemental Rankings

How do we know if we're doing good at the very fundamental elemental skill?

A simple ranking system to evaluate how in tuned you are with fundamental elemental skills. Score yourself and you might just be surprised.

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Show Notes

1) Elemental rankings — to make something invisible, visible.

2) UW team’s reaction to the ranking

3) Sebastian’s breakdown of the elemental rankings and scales

4) Should you (individually) do an elemental rankings thing?

5) Should you look to try something like this in your organization?

  • Use it as a learning tool

Elemental Rankings

1) Coverage (Shape + Ownership)

2) Comms (Agendas, Recommendations, Information Density, Clarity)

3) Speed (being ahead of schedule, speed of decisionmaking, efficient execution)

4) Prioritization (what to work on next? how much emphasis on what features?)

5) Finishing (the last 10%, rescoping, synthesizing discovered work, conquering problems)

6) Polish and Harvesting (pride in work, extra "sparkle" - but not at the expense of speed, capitalizing on the gains)

7) Service Focus (think about specific customers all the time in everything, make sure their lives are getting better)

The Scale

5: "Legendary performance": Steve Jobs, Michael Jordan

4: "Exceptional performance": All-star level in sports, #1 in a 20-person department at a top company.

3: "Outperforming": Considerably better than average at the skill. Comes up with magic regularly and makes everyone around better consistently.

2: "Competent": Can fully get the job done.

1: "Slightly Bad": Makes mistakes and causes problems.

0: "Seriously Bad": Regularly drops the ball here and causes huge problems.

PS. We’re always hiring. Shoot Sebastian an email if you think you’re on the path to legendary performance - sebastian@ultraworking.com.


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