Goal Planning

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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Don’t Give Up on Failures, Re-Evaluate, Plan and Move On

In his book Good to Great, Jim Collins shares some sage words: “We will never give up. We will never capitulate. It might take a long time, but we will find a way to prevail.” What Collins is talking about is the drive to always be moving forward. Too many businesses get caught in cycles…

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Right Action = Desired Results

Here at Level Up Leadership, we use a very simple formula for achieving desired results: Right Action = Desired Results One equals the other. To get your desired results, all you need to do is take the right actions. It may sound like we’re oversimplifying, but that’s really all there is to it. If you…

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Here’s to You! It’s Time to Celebrate Success

It’s a situation we’ve all experienced: You go above and beyond, creating a presentation or delivering on a project, and once all is said and done, you’re thrilled with what you’ve accomplished. Then you take your work to your boss and get a, “Fine. Now I want you to do this…” Few work experiences are…

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A Fool Proof Way to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution in 2015

According to Statistic Brain, about 45% of people in America set New Year’s resolutions for themselves. Of the people who set resolutions, only about 8% of people manage to keep their resolutions. A lot of things get in the way of keeping a resolution: failing to keep yourself accountable to someone, making goals that are…

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