Most individual and organizational leaders have one thing in common. Both set goals and track their results. These are the people we see or organizations we watch who are leading the way toward a better tomorrow. Think about it... if we do not set goals-- how do we know how we are doing, measuring up, progressing etc?It is amazing how often I work with people or organizations who have no goals in place. If we do not know where we are going then we will never get there. Moreover, some people talk about goals but never take the first vital step--…
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?