As businesses dealing with a world of constant change, we are now going to take a quick look at a couple of the things we need to embrace in order to remain truly effective. Let's dive into the important subject of goals and roles.
GOALS invariably sit at the top of the list of any good manager; also you'll get the same vibe if you talk to a change practitioner. Not surprisingly, therefore, much has been written about the subject. One of the most popular, well tried and tested theories is presented as the mnemonic, 'SMART'. What it simply tells us is that our goals need to be:
Here's an excellent link offering more detailed insight into this useful topic; please make sure you have a good read of it!
Moving on, let's ask ourselves about what our ROLE is in all of this? Even if we are a one-person-band, the interactions we have with our stakeholders are critical to the success of our business. So, here's a few pointers:
Networking skills - we need to establish the right contacts both internally and externally to our business, making them feel part of our decision making and goals.
Being champions of good communication, including listening, means we can effectively transmit and receive vital information which is important to our business.
Always foster ENTHUSIASM towards our planning and ideas to encourage participation, motivation and commitment. It also can be fun!
Remember to regularly hone those negotiating skills and other areas where influence is the key to getting things done.
From time to time pull back and then hover, yes, hover! This will give a 'Helicopter Perspective', taking us beyond our immediate focus and thus be able to spot new challenges and opportunities in good time. It also enables us to see what's working and what's not, things that we can easily miss when we get too absorbed in routine 'stuff'.
So there we have it for this week, a brief run-down on goal setting and some of the disciplines that will bring it to life and, in doing so, keep our businesses ahead of the pack!