Today, I am going to rely on some musical talent (and Georgia connections Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Eric Church) to tell a story. To me, if you look/listen at/to these lyrics, they embody everything that leadership is about. In particular, notice the highlighted words/phrases below.Here are the lyrics to the song and a link to the music http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggvfGqnqVXk ENJOY and let me know what you think!Well I grew up in one of them old farm towns Where they hit it hard till the sun goes down Nobody really seemed to care that we were living in the middle of nowhere…
I encourage everyone to be goal oriented. More specifically, to set SMART goals and follow/track them.
As a reminder these are goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound. But first let’s review what a ("non SMART" is). EX: My company seeks to increase its revenues in 2013. SMART= NO.
A SMART goal would be– my company seeks to increase its sales from $10 million in calendar year 2012 to $12 million dollars in calendar year 2013. SMART= YES
So, SMART goals are vital. However, in this post I challenge you to do more. Do not simply be goal oriented but become GROWTH oriented. I teach in college classes all the time…and many students tell me they will "finally be done" when they get their diploma and walk across the stage. I tell them– NO… your journey is just beginning.
If your only focus was to get a degree (great goal by the way) than yes, you achieved it… but what is next? We must remain continual learners- AND remain growth oriented. Think of SMART goals as being your actions steps as a "growth oriented person/company."
Are you goal oriented or growth oriented? Why?