Archive for April, 2010

Are SMART goals dumb?

April 26, 2010

Are SMART goals dumb? Well, yes, if you want to do GREAT work. At least that’s the conclusion of a study by the Leaders IQ consultancy, which found that so-called SMART* don’t always correlate with success.

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(* Smart goals: specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-sensitive. )

According to the research, goals crafted within the parameters of SMART (see above) can be impediments to doing great work. They make us play it too safe; lack the impetus to make us reach for bold challenges and end up encouraging us to to mediocre performance.

The research looked at more than 4,000 workers from nearly 400 organizations and looked at what goal-setting processes lead them to achieving GREAT work. They came up with 8 attributes:

1. I can vividly picture how great it will feel when I achieve my goals.
2. I will have to learn new skills to achieve my assigned goals for this year.
3. My goals are absolutely necessary to help this company.

4. I actively participated in creating my goals for this year.

5. I have access to any formal training that I will need to accomplish

my goals.

6. My goals for this year will push me out of my comfort zone.

7. My goals will enrich the lives of somebody besides me (customers, the

community, etc.).

8. My goals are aligned with the organization’s top priorities for this year.

Notice no mention of ‘realistic and achievable’; nor of time-sensitive and measurable. Hmmmm.

Not that I’d throw out all those attributes. I think different goals will serve different purposes. But there is an important lesson here: if you are wanting to step it up into doing GREAT things in your work and life, you need to step it up on creating goals that are more than just SMART.  They need to get your heart pumping and have a bigger impact beyond yourself. They must touch and benefit others too.

The researchers coined a new acronym. Instead of SMART – they suggest you go for HARD. This stands for: Heartfelt (will enrich others lives); Animated (I can vision how great it will be when achieved); Required (these goals are necessary and make a difference to others) and Difficult (I must learn new skills and leave my comfort zone).

I know I am in the midst of creating some new programs and am so excited about these. Interestingly, to keep me moving forward, I inadvertently have been thinking about many of these things the research suggests. I’ve been visualizing; thinking about the impact and contribution to others; and learning (always in learning mode) — a whole bunch of stuff to help make this happen.

Hmmm. Maybe me and my goals are smarter than I thought 🙂

How about you? What goals need to be shined up a bit…or a lot!?

To a TGIM work life filled with wonderfully HARD goals that inspire you to success and fulfillment – and make a difference to others as well!

Eileen

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2,500+ People said Yes…How about YOU?

April 16, 2010

My goodness. I just had word that more than 2,500 people have registered for my upcoming Webinar, hosted by CICA: “Are You Addicted to the Yes Habit?” (April 21 at 12:30 est).  Yikes – and Yay!

This is one time when saying “YES” is the right thing to do IF…

….You find yourself too frequently saying yes when you really want to say no? Can you take on this extra project? Would you join our volunteer committee? We know it’s last minute, but can you organize next week’s meeting?

The ‘Yes Addiction’ can be tiresome and get in the way of your fulfillment and your success. 

This webinar will offer tips and strategies to manage your ‘yes habit’ and learn to say “No” when it matters most — and without the guilt, trepidation and risk of compromising relationships and success. Best of all — it is FREE and open to YOU if interested (courtesy of CICA – thank you CICA!). All you have to do is pre-register online (takes just a moment)

Hope to “see” you there!

To a TGIM worklife!

Eileen

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Are You Creating a Great Place To Work?

April 15, 2010

What makes a great place to work? Is it the people? The management? The relationships? The culture? All of the above and more!  And according to the Great Place to Work Institute – there are many great places to work in Canada – as they just announced their 2010 list.

Congratulations to Environics Communications for placing first in the list!  Kudos to Bruce Maclellan, president and founder of Environics Communications (and a friend of mine who was my very first boss when I began my career in Toronto many years ago). Bruce created a workplace culture that has earned this recognition along with the energy, loyalty and passion of a great team that does great work. I first met Bruce, when he was my first boss at Hill and Knowlton (who also placed on this list) and then I worked with him Environics Communications in the very early days of its start-up.   I know him to be a great guy – very smart and very dedicated to creating superb work for clients. He knows you can’t do that unless you create a great workplace so people can bring bring their best to the task.  So a well-deserved shout-out of congrats to Bruce and the whole gang at Environics – well done!

So what does it take to become a ‘great place to work’? According to the Great Place to Work Institute’s 20+ years of research, they say: 

At the heart of our definition of a great place to work – a place where employees “trust the people they work for, have pride in what they do, and enjoy the people they work with

They measure the quality of the three, interconnected relationships that exist including: 

  • The relationship between employees and management.
  • The relationship between employees and their jobs/ organization.
  • The relationship between employees and other employees.

So, how’s that going for you in your workplace?

If you want to create TGIM attitudes, aptitudes and altitudes – then time to pay more attention to these and other factors.

Btw, and btw, I can help……if you think you’d like to do a bit better in any or all of these areas 🙂

To a TGIM work-life!

Eileen

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Are you doing good work or GREAT work?

April 12, 2010

Last week I was walking around in a fuzz. I felt like I was spinning in circles and not getting anywhere. Despite that ‘feeling’ — on Friday, I looked back and saw that I did manage to be fairly productive and do a whole bunch of “good work” thoughout the week.  But that didn’t really fire me up. I knew I was wanting more than ‘good’. I committed this week to doing GREAT work! That means working more on stuff that truly matters and bringing more of my creativity, resourcefulness, passion to it!

And to inspire me and remind me of this, I happened upon a wonderful video, produced by Michael Bunguay Stanier of Box of Crayons. I know Michael from my coaching community and know him to be  an incredibly talented coach. His message is truly right on the mark.

Have a look. Then have a look again:)

To creating a great day — every day this week!

TGIM work-life!

Eileen

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Webinar Invitation (free): Are You Addicted to the Yes Habit?

April 5, 2010

How often do you find yourself saying yes when you really want to say no? Can you take on this extra project? Would you join our volunteer committee? We know it’s last minute, but can you organize next week’s meeting? Would you like to get together with so and so (someone perhaps you’d rather not)?

The ‘Yes Addiction’ can be tiresome and get in the way of your fulfillment and your success.

INVITATION: CICA is hosting a free webinar: “Are you Addicted to the Yes Habit”, presented by yours truly (Eileen Chadnick), on April 21st at 12:30 EST.  It is open to all – you simply have to register online in advance (takes 20 seconds) and show up.

Details:

One Hour Webinar: Are you Addicted to the Yes Habit? Strategies to tame the “Yes Habit and learn to say “No” when it counts.

Date/Time: April 21st at 12:30 – 1:30 EST

Registration: register online in advance

Hope to ‘see’ you there!

Eileen

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