As regular readers of this blog know, I advocate setting Almost Impossible Goals as a way to drive innovation and creativity for individuals, teams, and organizations (read here for further info). A question I am often asked is, “We have been working on this goal without much progress, how much longer should we try before declaring it Fully Impossible (versus Almost … [Read more...] about Is That Goal Really Impossible?
Originally, the title was going to say “Be Aspirational, Not Stupid,” but I decided not to be that harsh. I spend a lot of time encouraging people to be aspirational with vision and to set Almost Impossible Goals (read more here). But some people only hear part of the message. I also say that when you set a goal that has a 1% chance of succeeding, this means it has a 99% … [Read more...] about Be Aspirational, Not Foolish
Happy 2016! As is my annual tradition, I will start the new year out with a reminder of my advice from an article I wrote in The Washington Post a couple of years back: “Set Goals, Not Resolutions.” And also see my full article on The Power of Goals at this link. If it’s time for you to set those once-a-year resolutions that you know will fade by March, then this article … [Read more...] about Set Your 2016 Goals Now!
This is the final installment of a five part series on high performance teamwork, based on the book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. The five major dysfunctions that Lencioni has identified, which is backed up by research are: *Absence of Trust *Fear of Conflict *Lack of Commitment *Avoidance of Accountability *Inattention to Results The first … [Read more...] about Producing Team Results for Mission Impact
You know that changes must be made, but the amount of effort that will be required and the size of the change seems almost overwhelming. This is often the case with important changes. But remember the old adage – “the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time.” I suggest identifying a “chunk” of change that you are willing to go after during an upcoming three – … [Read more...] about Lead Change in Big SMART Chunks