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What's Your Plan

Posted on January 1, 2018
What's Your Plan

 

As the new year begins, so too does a new set of resolutions. We make lists of things we’d like to achieve, set goals, make promises.  The first few weeks, perhaps even months, things go well, but for many of us by the end of the year, we fall short of our target. 

Why?  Because too often we fail to plan.

Whether your goal for the new year is personal or professional, modest or ambitious, the key to actually achieving it is to have a plan in place. 

The “Plan”

Step One: Define the goal.  Make sure you have a firm understanding and a clear picture of the objective.

Step Two: Plot your course.  Once you know what you want to achieve, determine how you’re going to achieve it.

Step Three: Prepare for obstacles. Create a plan that prepares for a variety of potential pitfalls.  Expect the unexpected.

Step Four: Stay focused.  Don’t lose sight of your goal; keep pushing yourself towards it.   

Make 2018 a great year . . . make a goal, make a plan, and make it happen!

 

 

 

 

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What, How, Why

Posted on November 30, 2017
What, How, Why

Setting a goal is one thing; actually achieving that goal is another. 

The best way to go about achieving a desired goal is to establish three important points: the What, the How, and the Why.

  1. The WHAT:  Have a clear understanding of the objective. You can’t achieve something if you don’t know what you’re trying to achieve.  
  2. The HOW: Don’t waste your resources (time, money, energy, effort) on trying to achieve the What, by not considering the How.  Take time to formulate the best approach to meeting your goal.  Plan, organize, and continually evaluate the effectiveness of your efforts.  
  3. The WHY: The more invested you are in your goal, the more likely you are to achieve it.  The meaning behind the goal will provide the motivation, as well as a sense of purpose. If you’re not committed to the goal, you won't work towards it.   

Know your What, How, and Why, and there is no limit to what you can achieve. 


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Team Talk

Posted on October 31, 2017
Team Talk

"Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work."
 

-Vince Lombardi

 

 

Over the years, I’ve been invited to sit in and observe meetings of management teams.  I generally don’t have a speaking role; I’m just there to gain valuable background information about the organization and some of its strengths and challenges. 

Here are some behaviors I look for in the group setting that help determine the effectiveness of the meeting, as well as the team itself:

• Is there a clear understanding about why the topic is being discussed?

• What is the purpose of the discussion?

 Is it:

   Information sharing?

   Problem analysis?

   Problem solving?

   Assignment of blame?

   Excuse embracing?

   Delaying of action?

   Determining action steps to be taken?

• How effective is the leader of the meeting?

• Who is:

            • The Mediator?

            • The Summarizer?

            • Keeping the meeting on track/managing time?

            • Dominating the discussion?

            • Seeking the opinions of those who might be more reserved?

            • Introducing solutions?

            • Demonstrating possibility thinking?

            • Stating reasons why things can’t be done?

• To what extent is there a commitment to follow up or follow through?

• What unspoken tensions seem to be present?

 

Effective team communication is the building block of an effective-and succussful-organization.  How is your Team Talk?


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Intentional Goals

Posted on September 30, 2017
Intentional Goals

On the racetrack of success can be found the champions who focused their energies on their Intentional Goals.” ---Carl Hicks

 

It still surprises me that some people avoid setting and pursuing intentional goals. 

Is it because they don’t feel comfortable committing to something they might not achieve? Is it because they are too busy to crystalize their thinking about what they want? It is due to a lack of structure and organization? Perhaps.

But whatever the cause, the absence of an intentional goal deprives a person of some essential ingredients of success, such as: 

• a future state to focus on

• a strong picture of achievement that acts as a “pulling” force

• a destination for the steps of their journey

• a positive conclusion for one’s efforts.

How intentional are your goals?


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