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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"

Posted by Mark Murphy on 10 April, 2018 Goal Setting, Leadership Skills | 0 comments | Read more →

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.

Posted by Mark Murphy on 08 March, 2018 Change Management, Goal Setting | 0 comments | Read more →

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.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 16 November, 2017 Forbes, Goal Setting, Research | 0 comments | Read more →

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.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 11 July, 2017 Forbes, Goal Setting, Presentations | 0 comments | Read more →

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.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 27 June, 2017 Forbes, Goal Setting, Time Management | 0 comments | Read more →

QUIZ: Do you set SMART Goals or HARD Goals?

Your method of goal setting will have a huge impact on the success of your goals. So whether you use SMART Goals or HARD Goals could make all the difference in whether or not you're able to achieve your goals. Powered by our cutting-edge research in goal setting, this quiz will help you figure out whether your current goal setting method is getting you the best results.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 26 June, 2017 Goal Setting, Quizzes | 0 comments | Read more →

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. . .
Posted by Mark Murphy on 06 April, 2017 Goal Setting, Video | 0 comments | Read more →

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.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 18 January, 2017 Forbes, Goal Setting | 0 comments | Read more →

The Gender Gap and Goal-Setting: A Research Study

For years, men and women have been setting goals the same way. And the failure rates for both have been staggering (for example, the overwhelming majority of New Year’s Resolutions get abandoned within 90 days).
It’s not a question of equality between men and women(our goals can be the same), but rather differences in how we approach and carry out our goals.

Posted by Mark Murphy on 27 December, 2016 Goal Setting, Research | 0 comments | Read more →

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.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 30 August, 2016 Employee Engagement, Forbes, Goal Setting | 0 comments | Read more →

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