Updated Resolution Matrix OR Why I Love My Job


I came out of the closet as a data dork when I shared my Resolution Matrix.

The day my matrix was published I got an instant message from my manager asking if I could meet him in our project room.

After a series of meetings ended I walked into our project room and was informed that my manager and other co-workers had spent some “quality time” reviewing my resolution matrix; they had some “enhancements” to recommend.

(This is the point where I realized, again, that I love my job.  And my team.)

(This was also the point when I warned everyone that they were probably writing themselves into a future blog post.)

I invited my fabulous boss to write a formal enhancement suggestion, via email, and I would gladly retool my matrix.

This was the email I received….


I reviewed your resolution matrix and think you are headed in the right direction. I suggest, though, you consider a few changes to ensure you are selecting the correct resolution for the coming year. 

Specifically, it appears you have a multitude of goals as your column headings, with no indication of which are higher priority than others.  You are weighing everything evenly which by default prevents you from selecting some very important resolutions that might not support every goal criteria you have defined.

I recommend you define what your most important goals are (say, 3) and then prioritize the top 2 resolutions that will provide you the biggest benefits toward each one. This will help you determine your primary resolutions – those that will benefit you most towards achieving your goals. 

You can also capture secondary resolutions to completed if you are able to do go above and beyond what you are doing for the primary resolutions.   I have drafted a view of this below for you to consider:

Ryan’s goals (draft – as if written by Ryan):

·      Make me better

·      Make my family life better

·      Have more fun

Let me know if you have any questions.


(At this point I realized I had been out-nerded.)

OR HAD I!?!?!

I retooled my matrix to prove that the outcome would be the same.

(This is the point where I roll my eyes and admit that my manager is right.  Again.)

When I first created the matrix, it indicated that my top resolutions should be helping others and drastically reducing screen time.

However, it turns out my top resolutions should actually be yoga and guitar.  (Probably not at the same time.)

Touche, Roger.  Touche.  Now pass me that iPad.



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