Goal Planning

Setting Organizational Goals
Getting Your Employees on Board with Organizational Goals

As Jim Clifton noted in a recent episode of the Blanchard LeaderChat Podcast (which, if you don’t already listen to it, we highly recommend), just a few generations ago, the American Dream was to get married, have kids, and own a home, all of which required a well-paying job. But it didn’t actually matter what…

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Motivating Employees with Goals
Effective Goal Setting Motivates Employees

We human beings are naturally goal setting all the time. “Today, I’m going to close two sales.” “This week, I’m going to go to three networking events.” We’re great at coming up with good ideas that will benefit ourselves. What we’re really bad at is following through on our goal planning. That’s where a great…

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setting achieveable goals
What is it that Only 8% of Us are Able to Achieve?

The not-so-surprising answer is keeping our New Year’s resolutions. Year after year, studies show that 80% of people give up on their New Year’s resolutions by the second week in February, and only 8% of people are able to keep their resolutions for an entire year. If you’d like this year to be the year…

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setting achieveable goals
Understanding the Key Components of Achievable Goals

As we step into the new year, it’s the perfect time to look back at past goals and make new goals for the months ahead. Whether you want to call them New Year’s Resolutions or personal targets, setting achievable goals can be a great way to get yourself out of your comfort zone, push for…

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Helping Employees set SMART Goals

A core piece of the Situational Leadership® II model is helping employees set SMART goals. Without goal setting, employees often don’t know what is expected of them. Whether you incorporate goal setting into an annual review or meet with team members weekly to discuss pressing tasks (a habit we strongly recommend that you establish), a…

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Taking Time to Reflect: Celebrating YOU!!

As 2017 comes to a close, you may be thinking about all that you want to achieve in 2018. You may have started writing a list of resolutions or, better yet, a list of goals. That instinct is a good one. Writing out your goals is an important first step toward a better you. Written…

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Engagement and Its Role in Effective Workplace Goal Setting

Goal planning in the workplace often feels like an obligitory process that gets forgotten by February. Everyone takes fifteen minutes to jot down a few goals and email them to their manager without really thinking through what they actually want to achieve, either personally or professionally. Part of the problem is that real goal setting…

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Don’t Just Set Goals, Plan Them!

A new year is upon us (can you believe how quickly the last year flew by!) and with it comes the tradition of goal setting. Many of you have likely set personal resolutions for yourself, and perhaps a few for your business as well. The tradition of setting goals at the New Year is a…

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Setting Goals for Positive Change

Last month we discussed Jim Collins’ four steps toward positive change. Those steps are: Lead with questions, not answers Engage in dialogue and debate, not coercion Conduct autopsies without blame Build in “red flag” mechanisms Today, I’d like to focus in on steps two and three, both of which have to do with opening up…

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Is it Time to Abolish Specific Goal Benchmarks?

One of the hardest parts of effectively setting goals is knowing when to ease up a bit. Setting goals is a way to push yourself, to strive to work harder and be better. So when we fall a bit short of our goals, should we be upset, or do we still have cause to celebrate?…

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