About this time of year, most business professionals are immersed in the goal setting process; straddling the fence between ‘thinking about what goals to set’ on one side and ‘putting goals in writing for distribution to the rest of the organization’ on the other. There’s no question that your ability to achieve your goals must start with the goal setting process. But without effective management strategies for achieving your goals, the whole process usually dies at the goal setting stage.
What kills your productivity? Is it lack of direction? Is it lack of planning or focus? Well, based on a whole host of research by some much esteemed organizations, its distractions! In fact, the average person wastes up to 25% of their time each year engaged in useless or low level activities. 25%!
Employee reviews have earned negative ratings over the years. Feared by employees and bosses alike, they conjure up feelings of ugly conversations, conflict or worse, damage to the supervisor/ employee relationship. Unless policies exist that mandate performance reviews or the boss has already decided to replace the employee, these often undervalued discussions get avoided like the plague!
I was fortunate enough to listen in on a round table discussion between 6 multi-millionaires who had come together to share their secrets. Each had achieved success multiple times and had also suffered huge loses in the process. They were all successful enough to have reached their life’s goals but each man came to the meeting eager to learn new things from the others.
Recently, I received an inquiry from a manager of a mid-size company that was having difficulty with an employee who displayed a very sarcastic attitude.
“How can I effectively manage an engaged and bright subordinate who uses sarcasm in team meetings and other workplace conversations? It is difficult for me to point out to him the damage his "witty" remarks do to his peers. It also encourages others to imitate such behavior. I want to solve this issue and move on with other more pressing tasks. Your help is appreciated”.
f you are old enough, you may remember what dashboards were like in cars built at the beginning of the automobile age. They were nothing like today.
All you had was a gas gauge and a speedometer. Everything else you had to figure out on your own. Today's cars tell you your speed, your fuel, your direction, your miles remaining, and a whole host of other navigational details.
Now, image navigating your business without a dashboard. You don't have a dashboard? Don't feel bad, most business owners don't. Even when they have the available data, they have no organized, efficient way of looking at it to see how they are doing.
About the Author
After a stellar 29 year career in the consumer products manufacturing industry, Steve Smith converted his knowledge and experience into a successful business and executive coaching company. In 2008, he opened GrowthSource Coaching in Orange County, CA