As our firm consults a great deal on leadership and decision making, I would like you to consider this post as it comes to your planning and leadership. We hear all many types of leadership styles/strategies/philosophies (And-putting my "academic hat" on for a moment)... here are a few of the leadership styles.... autocratic participative charismatic transactional servant visionary transformational authentic democratic Ok, well you get the idea... so here is the point today. There are countless styles, models and articles written on the best ways to lead your organization. The goal, however, is to pick the style that best meets the needs of the…
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?