Made to Measure?

wood, ruler, measuring, measurement, codfish, box, crate, toolsPeople love to measure. Don’t believe me? Have you ever:

  • taken a silly Facebook quiz to “find your type?”
  • caught your reflection in a window and then discretely snuck back to take a more critical look?
  • found yourself complaining about yourself?
  • made a comment about someone or something that was remotely judgemental?

I find that most of the time I’m the subject of my own measuring, and I do make comments about others. Thinking about it carefully, I am likely equally critical of others and myself but I’m too verbal about the commentary on others.

We are in the process of selling our house privately, and part of our conversation has been how do we know when to stop using this method and consider another?

I’ve officially just finished my work for the non-profit organization. I spent considerable time trying to measure my options, consider the results of various decisions.

I’m now going to switch my energies to full-time job hunting. How am I going decide where to apply and what position to eventually accept?

The theme that I keep stumbling upon is this –

the measurement tool that I use REALLY matters!

Not only that –

I get to pick how I’m going to measure!

Do you know how often I have been unaware of these critical insights?

The set of values that we choose to use as our measurement guide are critical to making a good decision. The sources that feed these values are the foundation that need to be checked if you want to be confident that you are using the right information when making those measuring judgements.

Let me give you a very specific example from this house selling experience.

We have taken a very long time to do our research and have been very careful in every part of the process to this point. We’ve been very careful to speak to many “experts” — from our lawyer who happens to teach Real Estate law at great University, to several realtors whom we’ve carefully checked their back-grounds and reputations. In addition, my husband has spent hours researching the market in our city and has developed an unhealthy obsession posing as a realtor and sneaking into realtor open houses each week.

The result of all of this is that we are quite confident about the price of our house, our media/marketing strategy, and our personal boundaries for sale. It isn’t perfect and we’ve still learned through this process, but we’re okay.

All of this to lay a foundation for the following conversation that we’ve had a few times.

A realtor calls us out of the blue. They’ve seen our media campaign, and are curious to know why we are selling this way. They’re friendly and polite but they very quickly show that they are coming to fix us in our mistakes. Typically, they walk in the door criticising our price, our pictures, our sign … and the list goes on. Half the time, this continues until they ask the commission fee that we are offering as the professionally printed sign our yard states that we are “Agent Friendly.”

Once we share with them what we are offering them, the typically get very quiet. The criticism stops and the conversation becomes quite different. Interestingly enough, our opinion about them doesn’t change.

Now, the point I wanted to make was that initially, even with all of the careful work we put in to create a strong foundation from which to evaluate offers and work through this private sale, we got quite nervous. Did we miss something? Were these “helpful realtors” or “sharks?” Were we complete idiots?

Don’t forget!

YOU get to pick what you are going to use to measure – and it REALLY matters.

Tonight I’m going to work on what I’m going to use to measure my job-hunting strategies. How I’m going to know that I’m doing it right.

What are decisions are you facing? Have you considered how you’re going to measure?



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