Goldilocks, The Three Bears, And Effective Goal Setting

Terry Starbucker

Once upon a time, there was a little girl called Goldilocks…… I’ve done a lot of budgeting, planning, and goal setting over the course of my career. I started as a CPA back in 1982, and was always pretty handy around a spreadsheet (even when they were just 12-column green pads). Trouble is, there always seems to be a zillion factors that can affect the ultimate prediction of that goal. Leadership goal setting Goldilocks principle three bears

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Can You Afford to Change Your Career?

Harvard Business

Who wouldn’t want a meaningful career and better balance between work and home? For many of us, it’s finances that keep us from making a career change. We worry and wonder: What would a career change do to our bank accounts? Sometimes we think (or we know) that the career we’d love would fill our days with more meaning but pay us less (significantly less, even). But Steve, Amanda, and Brandon all left those jobs and made a mid-career transition.


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Many Employees Have a Mid-Career Crisis. Here’s How Employers Can Help

Harvard Business

Plenty of media coverage — and companies’ attention — is devoted to employees at the beginning and end of their careers, at least in my experience. What about the wide swath of employees who are in the middle of their careers? The “midcareer crisis” is a real phenomenon for many workers; research has shown that career satisfaction bottoms out when people are in the middle of their careers. HBR Staff.

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The Timeless Strategic Value of Unrealistic Goals

Harvard Business Review

Prahalad's 1989 HBR article "Strategic Intent" brought about a discontinuous shift in my career — from a professor of accounting to a researcher on strategy and innovation. As an idea, strategic intent is about setting a bold and ambitious goal, out of all proportion to a firm's current resources and capabilities. In accounting, we always argued that "realistic" goals are the best, since they are achievable and as such are better motivators. Gary Hamel and C.K.

(How I Discovered) The Incredible Power Of The Two Most Important Words

Terry Starbucker

Up to that point it had been an uneventful start to my career, since the summer is a slow time for most accounting groups. I spent hours at my cubicle just studying up for the CPA exam, and serving as a “go-fer” for the higher ups in the office (lets just say I knew my way around the copy and storage rooms). My career is toast, and I just got out of school!” It was the fall of 1982.

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Healthy Habits Of Successful Leaders – An Expert Roundup

Joseph Lalonde

I follow 6 principles on a daily basis, which I know has made a significant impact on my career success. Every week I interview a top leaders in our world and do a secondary, short interview to discuss their challenges and healthy habits in these seven areas; 1) Physical, 2) Family, 3) Mental, 4) Financial, 5) Spiritual, 6) Career, 7) Personal – derived from Zig Ziglar’s “Wheel of Life”. I adore my CPA and bookkeeper and we strive to be generous with what we have.

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