Promises for the Future: 5 Ways to Set Goals as a Team

Promises for the Future: 5 Ways to Set Goals as a Team by Laura Stack #productivity

Teamwide goal setting is crucial if you expect to maximize and maintain your productivity. Your team members must always be clear about what your goals are, and how you'll get there; that should be a given. But realize that some of your team members will have a better understanding of goal-setting than others, so it's up to you to make sure they all stay on the same wavelength. Start With Individual Team Members. You'll find it easier to establish team goals if individual members also have personal goals to reach for. Chris might want to make $150,000 annually by the time he's thirty-five, while Jane may prefer to move up the management ladder toward CFO. As you learn your team members' personal and professional development goals, help them find ways to weave those goals into the … [Read more...]

Promises to Keep: Productive and Reliable Goal-Setting Strategies

Promises to Keep: Productive and Reliable Goal-Setting Strategies by Laura Stack #productivity

"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals." -- Henry David Thoreau, American writer and philosopher. Workplace goals are the knots that tie together all the other factors crucial to modern business success: flexibility, agility, engagement, empowerment, hard work, self-discipline, teamwork, cross-functionality, you name it. They shape attention and give us direction in an increasingly chaotic world. German-American theorist Hannah Arendt once wrote, "Promises are the uniquely human way of ordering the future, making it predictable and reliable to the extent that this is humanly possible." Goals represent a species of promise, and they apply to corporate teams as much as they do to any other human endeavor. Arendt knew quite … [Read more...]

Active Alignment: Strengthening Your Team Via Goal-Setting

Active Alignment: Strengthening Your Team Via Goal-Setting by Laura Stack #productivity

“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” -- Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich As a leader, you bear most of the responsibility for whatever your team, division, department, or organization becomes while under your supervision. Yes, the performance of individual team members can determine your crew's success or failure; and yes, organizational rules may constrain you somewhat. But nonetheless, the onus is on you to make sure your people produce. If your team fails, you've failed. Of course, if your team fails, you can try to simply duck any accountability, as many business leaders have done in recent years—or you can face the music, as Lee Iacocca did in the 1970s and 1980s. More than once, Iacocca cut his own annual salary to $1 a year while cleaning up Chrysler. It was his … [Read more...]

Goal-Setting Basics

I fly 125,000+ miles a year traveling to speaking engagements. When meeting my seat mates on planes, they usually ask what I do. When they hear I speak and write on personal productivity, many of them will quip, “Work smarter, not harder.” I will cringe a bit inside, smile, and tell them, “Most professionals are working very hard these days. I’ve long since discarded that philosophy and prefer to live by my own mantra: ‘Motion Beats Meditation.’” Too many people spend time getting ready to be ready, setting up their systems, organizing their work, and figuring out what they need to do—but then they don’t DO the work—to-do lists just keep rolling forward and important projects fall through the cracks. Only results matter. And the first and most critical step in getting results, as I define … [Read more...]