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To Share or Not to Share My Goals?

Obviously, writing blogs is not the biggest priority for me and the iDIMENSIONS team – the last one was posted in 2015! Shame on me/us!

That’s about to change.

Going forward we will publish at least one blog per month. That’s may sound like the goal of an underachiever, but considering we haven’t done one in almost 2 years, that could actually be a tall order.

I thought it would be good to tell you about this, to make it public for all the world to see (no more, no less 🙂 to apply some pressure on myself and our team members in Philadelphia, Bucks County, PA and New York City. This is certainly something that has worked for me before – if there is something I really need and want to achieve, I tell other people about it. I did it when I finally decided to finish my master’s degree in history 9 years ago; when I decided to lose weight in 2011, and – not to forget – when I formally started my business and executive coaching company in 2010.

It worked!

Well, of course, there are different views on whether or not to share your goals with others in order to put you in a better position to achieve them. Indeed, research has shown that people who make public announcements of their intentions are significantly less likely to follow through on them.

What’s behind this contrarian research finding? How to explain this? Well, somehow it has to do with one’s motivation and the extraordinary satisfaction one can derive from picking a difficult challenge and successfully dealing with it. But if you tell others about the goal you spread out the sense of achievement and you may reduce your motivation to actually reach the goal.*

Hmm, works contrary to my own and others’ personal experience. I know this for a fact, but there is nothing like a bit of contrarian advice based on research to make you reflect and improve your ways. Another insight for the toolbox. Good to keep in mind for me, especially since as a business coach I help business owners and executives with goal setting and goal achievement. I help people improve, so I have to constantly improve as well.

Now, with this blog, it appears I didn’t follow the contrarian advice. I told you about my goal. Yes, I wrote one blog, but the goal is to produce at least one blog each month. The test will be to produce the next blog and keep it up every month from now on … maybe I can prove the contrarian advice wrong (at least that it doesn’t apply to me as far as blog writing is concerned).

Stay tuned for further blogs in the near future!

* The contrarian insight is provided by Peter M. Vishton, Ph.D. in The Great Course lecture “Outsmart Yourself” (Lecture 1)

Focusing on “effectiveness” as you gear up for 2015.

Focusing on effectiveness

Efficiency and quality involve doing things quickly and doing them well. These are big pieces of your “success puzzle,” of course, as it’s important to provide quality and operate efficiently. Too often, however, our attention to efficiency, and even to quality when focused on areas not vital to the business, may be at the detriment of effectiveness.

Effectiveness involves doing the right things, not just doing things right. When you’re being effective, your efforts and achievements align with your goals. Your efforts generate the impact you need and desire. Effectiveness relates to how important and useful your efforts and achievements are for attaining the results you seek.

Below are some insights to help you focus on your effectiveness as you assess the past year and look forward to 2015.

Where are you and your team investing your time?

Look back on the past year and assess where you and your team invested most of your time. Take a look at the questions below. Focus on yourself first and then apply the same questions to your team as a whole.

  • What activities and responsibilities took up most of your time?
  • How effective and impactful were you when your time was invested in these areas?
  • What important areas did not receive enough of your attention?

Where would you have liked to invest more time?

Did you focus your time and attention on the right areas – on the important activities that are critical for success? If so, that’s great! If not, where do you need to be investing more of your time, or the time of others, and what’s necessary to make that happen? Consider the organization’s goals, your own individual goals and the goals of your team members, and think about the following questions:

  • What are your strengths and where are you most effective?
  • What are the things that only you can do?
  • What are you spending time on that someone else could handle?
  • What activities or accomplishments over the past year didn’t entirely align with the organizations goals?
  • Your time and efforts are most useful and impactful when you are doing _________.

What’s your plan for next year?

How can you be more effective with your time? How can you ensure you’re doing the right things and investing your time in the right areas of your business? The first step is to assess how you’re investing your time now. Next, think about what causes you to spend your time as you do currently. Are you doing some things just because you’ve always done them, even though other people could now handle those responsibilities? Are there things you can delegate? If you could free up some of your time, how would you use that time better to achieve desired results? Now that you know where you want to invest your time, also think about what might stop you from doing that. What obstacles might be in the way? Are there things that should no longer be done at all? Should responsibilities between team members be shuffled around a bit? Do you need to hire new or more employees? Do you need to outsource certain responsibilities? Only you can answer these questions, but it’s a good idea to consult with others to help you figure out what is most important! What’s your plan to be more effective with your time?