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Step It!™ Process Improvement Worksheet

Every objective, goal or outcome requires a series of action steps to ensure successful completion. These 'steps' might be the same steps that anyone would take to accomplish the same result. The challenge for supervisors is that employees are often at different stages of development and/or have varying degrees of engagement which necessitates a separate plan for each person to ensure he/she consistently reaches the objective.

Let us introduce to you the Step It!™ process improvement worksheet. This template is designed to 'map' out the steps necessary to achieve an objective/goal/outcome and provides a separate section to accommodate the different developmental needs for each employee.

The template becomes a visual, step-by-step breakdown of all of the activities necessary for an employee to achieve a specific result, objective or goal. The Step It! method can be used in a number of ways including: coaching, planning, project management, process improvement and brainstorming.

Here is a link to a royalty-free copy of the Step It! worksheet (PDF file). Instructions for using this worksheet can be found later on this page.

Here is a link to a royalty-free form-fill version of the Step It! worksheet (PDF file). Instructions for using this worksheet can be found later on this page.

Using the Step It! Methodology

To better comprehend the Step It! methodology, there are a few definitions you need to understand:

  • Big R: A Big R is the big result, objective, goal or outcome that an employee needs to accomplish (e.g., sales quotas, production goals, quality and accuracy levels, deadlines met, customer satisfaction levels). Big Rs can either be quantified or verified and are positioned at the very top of the Step It! worksheet.
  • Steps 1-4: The steps leading up to the Big R are reserved for the higher-level strategies that are necessary or required to achieve the result, goal, objective or outcome. The information placed in this area answers the HOW an employee will achieve the desired outcome. Each step captures the plan, method or course of action he or she will take. Don't confuse the steps with the 'drill-down details' (below).
  • Drill-Down Details: Every one of the steps leading to the Big R requires a specific course of action to bring the step or strategy to life. The information captured here answers the WHAT needs to be DONE to deliver on each strategy and includes developmental needs, resources required and activities necessary to achieve success.

Administering the Step It! Coaching Model

Here are the 'steps' of the Step It! Process Improvement Worksheet:

  1. Once the Big R has been established, write it into the space provided. If the outcome you are striving for occurs at a fixed point in time (i.e., a deadline such as a report needed on Friday), you can proceed to the next step. However, because many Big Rs are results or performance outcomes that will increase over time (i.e., a new employee will improve month-to-month until performing at an acceptable level), the Step It! worksheet provides two additional questions that allow you to gain commitment to an Incremental Improvement (I²). The 'What was your previous result?' question establishes a performance benchmark for PREVIOUS performance (e.g., last week, last month, last year). The 'What is your Incremental Improvement (I²) goal?' question allows you to seek commitment to improved performance by taking into consideration increases in the employee's ABILITY or SYSTEMS enhancements that have occured since the previous performance benchmark.
  2. Your next question will be: "What Steps are [Required/Necessary/Essential] to produce the [Big R]?"
  3. The steps leading to the Big R are not normally specific to the employee. In essence, because the steps are the higher level 'strategies' to achieve the Big R, they would be the same steps anyone would take to achieve the same result, objective or goal. The employee-specific activities and commitments occur in the bottom-half of the form.
  4. The bottom-half of the Step It! form is reserved for the individual employee action steps and commitments. This area is personalized for each individual based on his/her experience level, amount of previous training, job responsibilities, previous performance levels, position within the Performance Grid™, etc.