Deadly Disease of Management: Emphasis on Short-term Profits

Deming Institute

One of Dr. Deming’s 7 deadly diseases is: Emphasis on short-term profits: short-term thinking. It is easy to focus on short term goals and use a somewhat simple short term figure to measure success.

Maximize Your Learning in Short-Term Assignments

Harvard Business Review

The number of short-term assignments in companies has been increasing, and the trend is expected to continue. Within large corporations, secondments , short-term transfers, and functional or geographic management rotation programs often thrust full-time employees into short-term jobs.

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Ditch Lofty Outcome Goals and “Hit the Glove!”

Leading Blog

We may feel exhilarated when we set a big goal, but that soon gives way to anxiety. While we all want to get better, lofty goals don’t always help. There is a way to set goals and achieve them. He did it by getting his pitchers to scale back their goals from lofty to bite-sized, from outcome to process. At the beginning of spring training, Rick would ask his pitchers, “What’s your goal?” But that lofty-goal approach can trigger fear and worry instead.

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Engage a Mentor with a Short-Term Project

Harvard Business Review

That puts suitable mentors in short supply for young workers. As Jeanne Meister and I discussed in the HBR Guide to Getting the Mentoring You Need , one way to improve the odds of getting the mentor you want is to be sensitive to their limited time through a short engagement. Think really short, as in, less than a month — in essence, a micro-mentor. Here are six tips for this special kind of mentoring engagement: Set targeted goals.

How CFOs Can Take the Long-Term View in a Short-Term Economy

Harvard Business Review

Investors are increasingly seeking firms with long-term growth strategies, rather than ones focused on managing short-term earnings to boost the stock price. For CEOs, creating and communicating long-term growth strategy is easier said than done.


10 BIG Development Goals for Leaders for 2012

Great Leadership By Dan

That includes individual development goals. In a business context, individual development goals should be closely aligned with your short and long term job responsibilities. No, these are the big, hairy, audacious, goals (BHAGs). Marshall Goldsmith says one of the biggest regrets old people have with their lives isn’t their failures – it’s that they didn’t at least try to pursue their goals. If you’re not ready for this, try a short-term expat assignment.

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Conquer Your Fears To Achieve Your Goals

Lead from Within

But,” said the boy who swam across couldn’t you see that it was just as hard to turn back to safety as it was to continue swimming to your goal?”. One of the biggest obstacles to reaching our goals is fear. It stops us from moving toward our goals, and it plays havoc with our quality of life. Master motivation : Motivation is a vital component of reaching any goal. It is the ability to delay short-term gratification to enjoy even greater rewards in the long term.

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“Long-range goals keep you from being frustrated by short-term.

CEO Blog

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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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Goals and do you know what you are supposed to do?

Create Learning

Goals and do you know what you are supposed to do ? With the goals. Remaining Engaged and Self-Directed stems from goals that are known, shared and defined. Agreed goals are important now what?

Professional Development Best Practice 1 – Maintaining Annual, Three, and Five Year Development Plans

Strategy Driven

The StrategyDriven Professional acts deliberately and with focus on achieving his or her short-term and long-term goals.

Have You Tied Your Organization’s Goals To Your Noble Cause?

Tanveer Naseer

Why do the goals that you’ve set out for your team to accomplish matter? At first, the answer to this question might seem obvious – the goals you’ve established are meant to ensure your organization’s continued profitability, to increase or sustain your market share, create a new demand for your products or services, and so forth. So how can you make sure the goals you’ve set out for your organization are aligned with your noble cause?

Happy, Grumpy, Dopey, Sneezy: Which Dwarf Are You?

Marshall Goldsmith

I measure this in two dimensions: short-term satisfaction and long-term benefit. It can be just as disappointing to live our lives with no meaning or pleasure in the here and now as it can be unfulfilling to live without thought for tomorrow’s plans and goals.

Are You Living for the Short Term or the Long Term?

Marshall Goldsmith

In analyzing how we spend our time, whether personally or professionally, it can be helpful to consider two dimensions: short-term satisfaction and long-term benefit. can help us gauge the degree of short-term satisfaction that we get from any activity. or "Is the successful completion of this activity going to have a long-term positive impact on my life?" can help us gauge our expectations for potential long-term benefit from any activity.


Lead Like a U.S. Marine

Michael Lee Stallard

This requires a goal-oriented approach. A leader must identify long-term goals for the team and the short-term steps the organization needs to take to achieve those goals.

Forget Passion – What Employees Need Is Purpose-Led Work

Tanveer Naseer

But the catch is that its ability to motivate us only works over the short term. When it comes to running the long game, passion sadly comes up short.

How Do You Inspire Others Through Your Leadership?

Tanveer Naseer

That we move beyond simply evaluating our leadership in terms of various established metrics like goal achievement, productivity, and efficiency ratings, in order to ask ourselves what seeds are we planting in the hearts and minds of those we lead?

Understanding Leadership And The Meaning Of Life

Tanveer Naseer

Of course, we have to be mindful that happiness should not be the end goal, but the outcome of what we do [ Share on Twitter ]. But if there’s one thing that’s becoming abundantly clear it’s that leadership is no longer about simply managing data points and short term gains.

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

Strategy Driven

New year projections are the best time to benchmark progress and adjust sights for the coming term. Additionally, corporate executives must have personal goals written, in conjunction with a professional business coach or mentor. Managers lose sight of their employees’ goals.

If You Can't Measure It, You Can't Manage It

Six Disciplines

When it comes to executing your business strategy, you must first translate the strategic plan into short-term operating objectives or metrics - and progress must be monitored and measured regularly. To achieve strategic objectives, your organization must develop short-term measurable objectives that logically relate to the company''s strategy, as well as a plan for how your organization plans to compete: how you will be different from your competition.

4 Ways to Gamify Your Goals

Lead by Adventure

If you’re anything like me, some goals can seem overly daunting. For some, the act of setting and maintaining/pursuing goals can be fun in and of iteslef. View your goal-achieving as a game. Goals should not be one of those. Create a point system for your goals.

Do Your Organization’s Values Reflect What It Stands For?

Tanveer Naseer

Specifically, of how the values an organization uses to define who they are and what they’re all about tend to be contradicted by the decisions and choices their leaders make regarding the best way to achieve their short term goals.

How Need to Succeed Holds Back

Leadership Freak

Needy leaders choose short-term success over medium or long-term wins. Courage Fear Insecurity Personal Growth Success Taking others higher helping others Leadership Development leadership success personal success project goals The up side of the need to succeed is hard work and passion. The down side of the need to succeed is it blocks lasting achievment. Needy leaders: Make fear based decisions based on protecting themselves. Hold back others rather than release.

Brain Science Secrets to Increasing Leadership Willpower

The Empowered Buisness

I have always thrived on achieving big goals. My downfall was using a “white knuckle” approach to achieving those goals. While my details may be different than yours, how many times as a leader have you: Used brute force and over-efforting to achieve goals?

Leading Spaghetti – Using Your Noodle to Get Your Pasta to Cooperate

RapidStart Leadership

So how about we decide it’s lunch time at Mama Rosa’s Pasta Palace, and the short term goal is getting that spaghetti into your mouth to satisfy your vision of “ Keeping my tummy happy.” It’s going to take a while to accomplish our goal.

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. What is required to produce positive, long-term change in behavior? Why do you often set great goals, yet lose the motivation to achieve them? Why do goal-setters give up so soon? Long-term change requires real effort.

A Timely Reminder Of The Power Of Empathy In Leadership

Tanveer Naseer

And for Lincoln, the fact that they not only re-elected him to a second term, but gave his Republican party a majority in Congress showed him that they supported his vision for their country and how he plans to go about making it a reality.

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Leading For A Better Tomorrow

Tanveer Naseer

Management has no choice but to anticipate the future, to attempt to mold it, and to balance short-term and long-range goals. In short, it must be organized for constant change. The following is a guest piece by Bruce Rosenstein.

How Courageous Leaders Address Fear In The Workplace

Tanveer Naseer

business communication culture leadership Recent Posts change collaboration competence control fear focus goals listening negativity neuroscience opportunities perception shared purpose skills

Leadership Biz Cafe Podcast #12 – Erika Andersen On Leading So People Will Follow

Tanveer Naseer

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What Are Good People?

Leading Blog

Our ambitious goals versus reality. Short-termism versus Long-termism. We have a great ability to think long term but we are biased to act short term. Character is a long-term investment. W HAT DO WE MEAN when we say someone is good?

How Bold Corporate Climate Change Goals Deteriorate Over Time

Harvard Business Review

Today, businesses often operate on short-term objectives of profit maximization and shareholder return. We also must reconsider corporate purpose and the dominance of short-term shareholder value as the pre-eminent criteria in assessing business performance. Wallace Garrison/Getty Images. One response to today’s climate crisis has been a belief that markets and corporate innovation will provide the solution.

Jump-Start Your Company Goals

Harvard Business Review

Not surprisingly, the idea of relying on a personal vow or promise as a way of driving lasting behavioral change goes against just about every principle of goal-achievement.

Dream Adjusters: Why Company Leaders Also Have To Be Chief Calibration Officers

Terry Starbucker

Setting the right targets and goals over the short and long terms is a fine art that requires a delicate blend of unbridled optimism and cold-eyed realism, sometimes bordering on schizophrenia. (I’ve Unrealistic budgets and operational goals are morale (and job) killers.

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What are the ingredients of a high-performing team?

Talent Technologies

What are the ingredients of a high-performing team?

Talent Technologies

Women at the Top

Coaching Tip

“ Women at the Top—A WIFS Research Study ” by authors Arthea Reed and Diane Dixon had a goal to attract, develop and advance women in their field. “In The long term payoff in this career far outweighs the short term, and the short term is pretty great if you are willing to work and learn all you can.”. The term juggling has negative connotations for many successful professional women today.

9 Things Positive Leaders Do

Leading Blog

The microscope helps the leader to focus in on what needs to be accomplished in the short term to realize the vision in the telescope. “If Have purpose driven goals. The truth is that numbers and goals don’t drive people. J ON GORDON is a prolific writer.

Got questions?

Lead Change Blog

That boss wanted to know how we were going to achieve both quality and quantity or how we would meet our short-term goals without jeopardizing our long-term position. When I was growing up, I envied the little boy next door. His mom asked him questions.

A Compelling Vision is an Anchor


Specific, measurable and time bound goals are important to set expectations on results and drive performance in short term. Goals is like math; they address the head. Goals have an end date. Goals however, are not sufficient.

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