Category: Goal Setting

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Setting Your Team Goals The SMART Way

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If I have learned one thing about goal setting, it is harder than we think. In my mind, every one of the goals is achievable, well before the scheduled completion date! But, why do I always fall short? For many, goal setting seems to be a waste of time. Why

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Setting Your Goals The SMART Way

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For many, goal setting seems to be a waste of time. Why do we need to plan where we are going when we know where we want to end up? Just think about it. Would you ever embark on a cross-country car trip without laying out a map and marking

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Promoting Individual Growth and Independence…On Independence Day and Everyday

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Managers are expected to ensure that employees complete tasks and reach corporate objectives. But, what about your employees’ personal growth and goals? Are you watching out for them as well? It’s easiest to support your employees when you view them as people and not merely as subordinates. Taking an interest

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Making Decisions and Building Consensus

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One of the most important jobs any leader has is the need to make the right decision and build consensus, convincing his/her followers that a particular decision is in their best interests. Many organizational consultants will tell you there are varying degrees of building consensus and selecting the degree to

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Gratitude: Goodbye 2011 Hardiness and Optimism: Hello 2012

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As we close the door on 2011, it is time to reflect on those aspects of our life for which we are grateful. In spite of the economic environment and the status of our professional lives (they actually may be very positive!), we can turn to other facets of our

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The Need For Change

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One of the most important jobs of a leader—and difficult, I might add—is to gauge the need for organizational change, relate it to the business environment, and then convince the troops that organizational change is not only necessary but desirable. Let me explain. When the external environment is in sync

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Knowing When To Fold Them

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As professionals, we all have experienced circumstances in our professional careers when we knew, deep down, we had to move on. Whether it slowly came upon us or we woke up in the middle of the night, sat straight up, and made the critical decision, we knew it was time

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