After years of consulting with privately owned companies of all types/sizes, several things have become clear. There seems to be a logical way to group organizations into one of three types. The first group is the one that makes things happen. These guys are the ones acquiring other companies, diversifying, thinking about2016, make time for planning and are in growth mode. Based on my first-hand experience, this makes up a small number of the companies I observe. The second group is the one that watches things happen. This type of company is cautious, yet will make a move once it sees…
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?