Why Most Leaders Don’t Understand Their Goals

The Leadership Advisor

I don’t know about you, but when I don’t reach a goal it really annoys me. As much as I don’t want to admit it, there are a number of unfinished goals in my past. Learning how to accomplish goals is as much of a process as is learning to do leadership well.

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Why SMART Objectives don’t work

Rapid BI

Why SMART Objectives don’t work - It’s easy to say SMART does not work… when we have been using a variant that often confuses people and is “tighter” in implementation than was initially proposed. Management George Doran SMART goals smart objectivesSo if we want to be SMART, we need to drop the "modern twists" and go back to the original.

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From SMART to WACKY goals

Rapid BI

Setting Wacky Goals - These WACKY goals are generally my over-arching long-range life goals so they will certainly contain lots of mini-goal stages - that's fine - many small steps will add up to a huge journey. guest Management SMART goals smart objectives wacky wacky goals wacky objectives

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The Difference between Goals & Objectives

Chartered Management Institute

The Difference between Goals & Objectives Often in business and education we talk about goals and objectives, indeed sometimes we use the terms interchangeably – but are they the same? Lets start with some history and definitions: Goal – 1530s, “end point of a race,” of uncertain origin, perhaps from O.E. Management Definition difference goals History objectives

Achieving Goals

Marshall Goldsmith

Today, sustaining peak performance requires a commitment to developing leaders who develop other leaders--helping people set and achieve meaningful goals for personal change. Often, however, goals are not set in a way that ensures the followthrough needed to turn great plans into successful outcomes. By understanding the dynamics of goal-setting and the challenges of goal achievement, you can better see why people often set great goals, then lose the motivation to achieve them.

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Innovation Creates Uncertainty

Leading Blog

This resistance is so strong at times that even supporting objective evidence may not help break down barriers. We don’t like uncertainty. It’s not comfortable. We want innovation. We like creativity. It’s engaging. But innovation creates uncertainty.

7 Signs of a Dysfunctional Team

Ron Edmondson

Chances are, if you’ve served on very many teams, that you’ve served on one that is dysfunctional. It appears to me that we have many to choose from in the organizational world.

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Leadership & Influence

N2Growth Blog

It is by building into others and through assisting others in reaching their goals and objectives that you will find success. True influence is rarely built upon the backs of others, but rather by helping others achieve their goals.

How to Begin a Daily Quiet Time in 5 Easy Steps

Ron Edmondson

BTW, it most likely will seem like a sacrifice at first, but keep the objective in mind. If developing intimacy with God in prayer is your goal, then certainly choose to spend more time in prayer. If Bible knowledge is your goal, then you may want to choose to do a Bible study.

Five Suggestions for When Your Boss Needs Leadership Help

C-Level Strategies

Aim to genuinely help, and don’t move forward until that is truly your objective.

How Big is Your Big Picture?

Kevin Eikenberry

It is easy to get caught up in the daily to-do list, the quarterly objectives and the rhythm of the calendar, and lose sight of the bigger picture, the larger goals, the [.]. One of the roles of a leader is to provide the perspective that the rest of the team or organization might not see. Change Decision Making Leadership Leadership Communication Success 10000 year clock big picture Jeff Bezos long term planning perspective

Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: A book review by Bob Morris

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Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters Richard Rumelt Crown Business (2011) How and why a good strategy “acknowledges the challenges being faced and provides an approach to overcome them” As the title of this review correctly indicates, Richard Rumelt is convinced (and I agree) that a good strategy can provides both a [.].

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Why Business Vision Matters More in This Economy

C-Level Strategies

’s “I Have a Dream&# speech as an example lately, because I think it does a beautiful job of demonstrating the difference between vision and mission, and vision and objectives. RELATED POSTS: Visionary Leadership: The Critical Difference Between Vision and Goals.

Leadership Lessons from Heroes, the Bravest of Men

C-Level Strategies

Launched from a Vietnamese Navy junk in a rubber boat, the patrol reached land and was continuing on foot toward its objective when it suddenly came under heavy fire from a numerically superior force (LP: he told us the enemy numbered more than 100). Turn your fear into a positive goal.

5 Strategies To Free Your Team From Organizational Silos

Tanveer Naseer

Often this is a result of a lack of appreciation or understanding for how the work being done by other teams impacts the organization’s shared goals or objectives. With this understanding, it becomes easier for different teams to collaborate as their combined focus will be on attaining their shared goal and not just on the means of how they will go about achieving it. business communication leadership Recent Posts failure focus goals perception teamwork trust vision

The Four Hallmarks of Bad Strategy

Leading Blog

In short it is goals and not action. “It It assumes that goals are all you need. It puts forward strategic objectives that are incoherent and, sometimes, totally impracticable. Instead, you have either a stretch goal, a budget, or a list of things you wish would happen. Mistaking goals for strategy. Bad strategy is long on goals and short on policy or action. Bad strategic objectives. A strategic objective is set by a leader as a means to an end.

You need to be SMART to GROW

Rapid BI

You need to be SMART to GROW - GROWTH Targets - a new model for objective setting? SMART or GROWTH goals & objectives - Are people bored with SMART? Management GROW model GROWTH Targets repetition SMART goals smart objectivesare we as change agents forgetting that repetition is king when it comes to learning and transfer of knowledge.

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The Big Picture of Business – Setting, Meeting, and Benefiting from Goals

Strategy Driven

Additionally, corporate executives must have personal goals written, in conjunction with a professional business coach or mentor. Goals require measurable objectives, with realistic dates and percentages for successful accomplishment. Mutually agreed-upon goals are vital.

What is EntreLeadership

Coaching Tip

The corporate mission statement is further clarification and definition for your dreams and vision and assures you that your goals are aimed at the right target. Goals convert vision/mission into energy. A goal must have these characteristics: 1.

Metrics: Are They Mapped With Your Business Objectives?


Home Go to QAspire.com Guest Posts Disclaimer Metrics: Are They Mapped With Your Business Objectives? You can measure almost anything in your business, but if those metrics don’t serve a real business objectives, they are just numbers with no real meaning.

“Sometimes I feel Like Team Building is Sweet Frosting on a Shit Cake”

Create Learning

Bromides of – team excellence, Good-to-Great, Management By Objectives, etc… That we have all heard and wondered, what the fuck does that mean? Changes in the Goals:Roles:Procedures and management system will improve the teams productivity and individual effectiveness.

What The Marshmallow Challenge Can Teach Us About Fostering Team Success

Tanveer Naseer

And the fact that they were all committed to achieving the same goal meant that there was less interest in deciding who would be in charge as they were focused on figuring out which ideas and experiences would help them succeed in building the tallest structure.

Do You Have A Healthy Relationship With Opportunity?

Tanveer Naseer

It’s one of a handful of words which on its own can inspire hope and the sense that we might be one step closer to reaching those personal goals we set out for ourselves. It’s no doubt the reason why we find it so hard to say “No” to new opportunities because of the inherent belief that any opportunity which crosses our path is an open door leading us one step closer to our objectives. Opportunity.

5 Tips for the Leader When Conflict Develops on a Team

Ron Edmondson

I realize that some conflict develops naturally, just because of differing goals, objectives, and personalities. The leader must balance the bigger picture objectives. As a leader, one of your primary roles is developing and maintaining the health of the team.

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How to Create Predictable Success

C-Level Strategies

Those who successfully navigate Whitewater make it to Predictable Success – the prime stage in your organization’s growth where you set and consistently achieve your goals and objectives with a predictable and consistent degree of success.

Achieve Your Goals

Marshall Goldsmith

A key to developing yourself is setting -- and achieving -- meaningful goals for personal change. Often, however, you don't set goals in a way that ensures the follow-through needed to turn great plans into successful outcomes. Why do you often set great goals, yet lose the motivation to achieve them? Whether you set a behavioral goal, such as becoming a better listener, or health goal, such as losing weight, you face challenges in changing behavior.

Leadership Guiding Principles of a Successful CEO

C-Level Strategies

CDPs are clearly aligned with their Personal Performance Objectives and the corporations’s one-year and three-year Strategic Plans (driving success for everyone while clarifying goals and expectations). By Lisa Petrilli.

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Work-Life Balance For Workaholics

What Do You Want From Them

These include having sex in private, finding long-term partners, protecting one's family and settling in a nice neighborhood, playing with toys and making music or artistic objects. But you may share this goal with me: I want to be able to shut off the reporting voice in my head at will.


The Leadership Advisor

This could be a process or group of tasks to achieve a business objective or goal. By all means, authenticate what you value but be sure what you value is what will support your vision, mission and values that will achieve organizational objectives. Authenticity.

Are You Using These 4 Steps For Organizational Success?

Tanveer Naseer

Set clear goals independent of what your competition is doing When it comes to the ability to consistently surprise, delight, and transform customers into loyal advocates, there are few companies that succeed at this as well as Zappos and Apple. Instead, these measures are a result of addressing what goals they have for their organization, of what they wanted to create or accomplish that would make them stand out and succeed in their respective fields.

The 3 Core Elements of Delegation

Leading Blog

Assigned responsibility should not be made in terms of the goals or results to be accomplished, not the detailed specifics for doing the job. Accountability is the moral compulsion felt by a teammate to meet the goals and objectives of an assigned task. Without delegation no organization can function effectively. Yet, lack of courage to delegate properly, and the knowledge of how to do it, is one of the most general causes of failure in organizations.

The August 2011 Leadership Development RoundTable Challenge: A Coaching Dilemma


You and Rob set about to design a development plan for Rob including some goals to increase his listening skills, decrease his impatience, engage the team in problem solving, and be more outwardly appreciative of their efforts. The coach, Rob, and Linda should have set up monthly status updates (together) to report on progress against development goals. The goal is to get some quick wins that will build momentum. Welcome to the August Round Table!

3 Guiding Principles For Quality Employee Engagement

The Leadership Advisor

There are a couple of common objections, or pieces of resistance, to jumping in with both feet. Set some nice big goals and work towards those together with others in your organization. Ahhhh…employee engagement. One of my favorite subjects.

Engagement And Your Brand

The Leadership Advisor

Define your culture - Just like setting a goal, it has to be specific. If you just say our goal is to get “better&# , you will never know when you’re there. I volunteer to lead a team for a local non-profit a number of days per week.

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10 Key Lessons On Leading Virtual Teams Effectively


Leading a virtual team, fostering collaboration and binding them to common set of objectives is one of the key challenges for business leaders. Clearly articulate team goals and vision : It helps in aligning the team. We live in times where more and more work is executed by teams that are geographically distributed. In most of the troubled projects I have seen, the real challenges were not technical/engineering ones but communication/collaboration ones.

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How to Move Through the Leadership Gap


By keeping the end in mind AND staying focused on the present: It’s one thing to have goals and aspirations. Avoid distractions that pull you away from your objectives. . Which way should I go? Will that decision be the right one? How should I behave in this situation? What will my manager say? How can I be a great leader? quote by leaders everywhere. The truth is, there is also no standard operating procedure to tell you what to do next.

Top 5 Obstacles to Having a Great Marriage

Ron Edmondson

Differing Goals/Objectives - Remember every couple is made up of two unique, differently designed individuals. Parenting Objectives. The overall goal of marriage is not to make both parties in the marriage like one of the parties.

Are You Following These 3 Rules For Giving Effective Feedback?

Tanveer Naseer

In this performance review, all I came out of the meeting with was the understanding that I hadn’t met his objectives, without any clear input on how I get back on course through the work I was currently doing. Rather, the goal should be to help them understand what unique strengths they bring to the team and consequently, the value they’ve created for the organization.

5 Leadership Lessons: What Went Wrong? Car Guys vs. Bean Counters

Leading Blog

A senior executive who needs a quantified list of objectives to know what he or she should be working on should not be a senior executive in the first place. There were hundreds, maybe thousands of these sacred do’s and don’ts embedded in the engineering culture … a culture that was inwardly focused in pursuit of its own goals, with the customer left out of the equation. [Is

Helping Employees Reconnect With Their Sense of Purpose

Tanveer Naseer

Watching how she ultimately chose to deal with this problem brought to mind an important point leaders should consider when trying to encourage their employees to aid their organization in reaching a specific goal. By making that simple choice of what she was going to focus on, her attitude changed from one of frustration and disappointment, to a feeling of overcoming various challenges and a satisfaction over achieving certain goals.