5 Leadership Goal-Setting Tips For Making 2018 A Success
Why novel Year goals for commerce, trade are best thought out over the holidays
Why set goals in these turbulent times?
You can’t underestimate the importance of organizational goals — particularly in turbulent times. Goals set and measured are goals achieved and treasured. And achieving meaningful annual goals requires setting a high bar, well in advance. December is a distinguished time to achieve that.
I know that after a long year, and during the domestic stretch to the holidays, it’s easy to come by stuck in reactive mode, and to command yourself you’ll consider approximately goals “later.” Don’t! halt-of-year/start-of-novel-year goals and resolutions are just what the doctor ordered. They refocus us on the tall picture, and reconnect us with our ideals. They energize us.
Case in point: Recently, I completed a series of CEO calls focused on goal-setting, as fraction of my executive coaching practice. The process was as illuminating as it was invigorating — so I wanted to share the exercises we went through together.
My hope is that they will support you create the most of the season: come by out of our default-reactive mode… and raise the bar on your proactive goal-setting mode for 2018. Because, once in site, your short list of commerce, trade goals and objectives will seriously increase your odds for success by helping you and your team focus on what’s really critical — and tune out the rest.
Setting commerce, trade goals: create it real and retain it simple — and achievable
No matter what, or whom, you lead, the first rule in setting goals is to assume that your organization’s existence depends on them. (Because, in a very real way, it does.) The goals you pick will focus your department or organization on where to spend the huge majority of energy, attention, and efforts next year.
This exercise recognizes that your organization is a mosaic of people — and that its success and sense of cohesion are intimately tied to the hearts, minds, and actions of the professionals that choose to reach to work every day. Your people.
So you’ll want to set aside some undisturbed time to reflect on what’s most critical to you and your employees in the year ahead, and periodically, to revisit those goals. Be thorough and clear, and pick a short list — no more than five key goals for the year ahead.
Below you’ll find some tips on how to design your goal shortlist for the novel year. As you read through them, retain in intellect that some of these can choose the form of one-on-one interactions, and some will be more appropriate for executive team discussion once you’ve gotten your initial responses.
5 steps to better commerce, trade goals for 2018
1) Bottom-up and top-down. No one employee — including no leader — has every bit of the answers. So you should not only identify your commerce, trade goals, but seek information from the people reporting to you to achieve the same — and then seek information from them to repeat the exercise with their reports, and so on, throughout the organization. This will be fundamental data for setting goals that are credible and achievable.
2) Clean out your blind spots. Every organization has them — and so does every leader. Here again, you can and should draw on your colleagues and reports for support. The questions below are designed to support you and your employees find the blind spots that can lead your organization or group astray — so you can clean them out and chart a clear course forward:
- What occupy we tried to achieve in 2017 that we must accomplish in 2018, and how will that be rewarding to you and your team?
- In thinking approximately our outcomes (results, quality, customer engagement, etc.), what targets are we hitting — and which ones are we lost due to our own actions as executives?
- What am I not hearing or dealing with as a leader that I need to address?
- Is there anything I can achieve to come by out of the way of — and, indeed, accelerate — our success?
3) Lessons learned this year… to incorporate into next year. The turn of the year offers a perfect opportunity for a commerce, trade to assess its performance, and adjust course. Consider these questions:
- What novel lessons has 2017 taught us — and what lessons from 2017 and prior years occupy we yet to fully address? Are there endemic issues that need to be looked at?
- How has our commerce, trade ecosystem — market, products, customers, providers, partners, costs, competition or regulatory landscape — changed since final year? How well did our strategy track in response — or in main those changes? And what achieve we need to adjust in 2018?
- How occupy our SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) evolved in 2017 — and what should that mean for our goals in the novel year?
- What are the most relevant metrics for nowadays? What achieve success, neutral, or failure contemplate like in 2018? What should our measurable goals be going forward?
4) create them relevant to your bigger picture. Once you’ve settled on your goals for 2018, seek information from yourself: how aligned are these goals — and our people — with our organization’s commerce, trade map and three-year strategic priorities? With its larger mission and vision? This is a pleasurable opportunity to check your direction before plunging into the novel year.
5) Communicate! choose the best way to package your goals, and then communicate them throughout your organization. How will you cascade these messages, and ensure everyone is crystal clear on the goals you’ve worked so tough to design?
When it comes to setting commerce, trade goals, don’t settle for “doable”
The turn of the year offers a perfect opportunity to set your course for the next 12 months — and beyond. So don’t settle on “doable” for 2018. consume these tips to hone down and choose the right 3-5 goals that will occupy you feeling like you hit it out of the park where it really things.