By Jerry Helms
What are your top three objectives for 2010?
We are quickly approaching the time of year where we create our New Year's resolutions. Let's be honest, most of us create a long list of resolutions that are totally obsolete by the end of January. When March rolls around we do not even remember what was on the list.
Annual goal setting in the corporate environment has historically suffered from the same problems - a lack of commitment and execution. What are some of the lessons learned from our previous goal setting sessions?
- Lack of consensus. - If you ask ten people in an organization to name the top three corporate goals for next year you are likely to get 30 different responses. Each person has a tendency to focus of specific goals for their department as opposed to the common corporate goals. Most of the time the most important goals never make it below the senior management level in an organization.
- What does that goal mean anyway? - Your company is different. You always have a corporate meeting where goals are announced and then put up on the wall. What does it really mean to "improve customer satisfaction?" Have you ever announced a goal to be met by complete silence? How about snickers?
- Too many goals. The psychological equivalent to goal setting in most people's mind is a "to do" list. Goals that are developed by asking every team to build their own list are really "to do's" that are focused on keeping the group gainfully employed.
What's the solution?
Goals for an organization need to memorable and measurable. If you really want people to remember what the goals are, the list needs to be short -- maybe only three goals. When you walk through the building and ask what the goals are for next year, you should get the same answer from everyone. That means the goals have to be clearly communicated to everyone and each person should have their own action items for what they are going to do to help accomplish the unifying corporate goals.
How your goals connected to Non Stop Portals?
Non Stop Portals implements solutions to help you meet your goals. Many organizations will have a 2010 goal to get back to profitability by improving sales and reducing operational expenses. Asking the question, "What can we do for you today?", is the guiding principle that enables us to build a practical solution that will generate measurable results for your organization. Our solutions are always a combination of business process change along with technology. Implementing a new technical solution that is not clearly aligned with an organization goal ends up being just busy work.
Call to action!
Contact Jerry Helms today at 888-881-4605 so that we can chat about your unique goals and how to implement change within your organization to achieve your goals.