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Are SMART Goals Dumb?

smart goalsAre SMART Goals dumb? Well, new research suggests they probably are. There isn’t a company in existence that hasn’t set its share of SMART goals (most commonly defined as Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound). But SMART goals can still be pretty dumb. Why? Because too often they act as impediments to, not enablers of, bold action, and actually encourage mediocre and poor performance. “Hold on a minute,” SMART objectives seem to say. “Don’t push beyond your resources, don’t bite off more than you can chew, play it safe and stay within your limitations.”

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If Your Employees Aren't Learning, You're Not Leading

There's a strong positive relationship between how much people learn on the job and how much they love their job. Employees who score high on survey questions like "I will have to learn new skills to achieve my assigned goals for this year" have higher scores on questions such as:
"I consider myself a high performer"
"The work I do makes a difference in people's lives"

If 2017 Didn't Deliver The Career Success You Wanted, Try Making This One Change

According to a survey I conducted last week (of more than 5,000 leaders) only 22% of people say they’re very satisfied with their current position. The other 78% are divided between advancing a little or advancing far beyond their current position.

People Who Set SMART Goals Are Less Likely To Love Their Job

An employee who is unhappy with her head in her hands If you’ve had a job for any length of time, you’ve undoubtedly set a SMART Goal (most commonly defined as Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound). But while everyone knows how to set a SMART Goal, what most people don’t know is that they could really be hurting how they feel about their job.

3 Questions You Must Answer Before You Present Your Business Plan

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, CEO or middle manager, virtually everyone has to create (and present) business plans. And while there are literally thousands of business plan templates available, they will all fail if you don’t answer these three critical questions (that you might have never heard before) when you’re creating and presenting your business plan.

Here's Why You Don't Have The Time To Achieve Your Big Goals

If you’re having trouble finding time for your big goals, you’re not alone. We recently asked over 1,500 leaders: “Did you successfully complete your goals for today?” and provided three responses to choose from: “Yes,” “No,” and “I have no idea.” The most common response was “I have no idea.” The problem is that too many leaders aren’t sure what their goals really are.

Video: Goal Setting Requires HARD Goals

Hard GoalsEver since I wrote the book HARD Goals, which is about goal setting, I've gotten a bit of a reputation as a guy who hates SMART goals. I think it's maybe a touch unfair, but let me tell you where it comes from. We did a study to look at goal setting involving over 4,000 people. . .

Take More Accountability For Your Career: 3 Questions I'm Commonly Asked

If you’re not working on the right projects, heading in right directions and marshaling your best resources in the right places, a great career filled with growth and all the things that make you feel personally fulfilled is not going to happen. But it’s largely up to you, and not your boss or the organization, to change that.

5 Questions That Will Help You Have An Extraordinary Career

What does it mean to have an extraordinary career? I see a lot of people getting it wrong. Some are too hung up on the technical aspects of career. In all my studies, the people who have great careers, it’s not because of technical aptitude. It’s entirely possible to have great skills and still be unfulfilled or even miserable.

Don't Let Fear Of Failure Ruin Your 2016 Goals

GoalsNew Year’s resolutions are practically an institution. Maybe your big goal for 2016 is to lose weight, quit smoking, work out, advance your career, start a business, double sales revenue, run a marathon, go back to school, save more money, etc. 

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