One of the difficulties in setting Almost Impossible Goals is trying to figure out how to communicate them to people who just don’t get it. I encourage you to share this article on The Power of Goals with those who have not been exposed. But, let’s face it, even after that – some people just don’t understand. If that is your situation, then I suggest you not push the … [Read more...] about Stretch Goals, Boards, & Banks
When I talk with people about setting BIG Almost Impossible Goals, I will sometimes hear “Oh yeah, just like ‘Big Hairy Audacious Goals’ in that book (Built to Last) by Jim Collins & Jerry Porras! BHAGs!” To which I say “Sort of.” The “Hairy” in BHAGs is “scary” – like taking a big risk. Hairy, scary goals might be appropriate sometimes – but research shows that they … [Read more...] about Big Happy Audacious Goals
Happy 2017! 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 few 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 is … [Read more...] about Set Your 2017 Goals Now!
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