- To say you want to run a marathon is a start. But in January, to say that you will complete the October, 2017 Chicago Marathon in less than 5 hours? That’s a SMART goal: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timebound. In my experience, unless a goal is SMART, it’s more of a hope — or maybe a resolution.
- Do you work goals align with your personal values and goals? I’ve revisited Stephen Covey’s classic and decidedly self-help-y 7 Habits of Highly Effective People again and again since the 90s. Recommend.
- Another workplace challenge I see frequently: when there’s no common understanding of someone’s goals. Are you sure that you and your manager agree on your goals? Use your 1:1s to be sure you’re in alignment.
- Psychologist John Norcross has spent a career studying people and goals: his work has shown that we’re likelier to meet our goals when someone asks us about them. I recommend his book, Changeology (Public library) (Amazon).
- The best managers take steps to make sure that they’re routinely discussing people’s progress. If you lead people, one of the best ways to support them is by routinely discussing their goals in your 1:1 meetings.
- Advice you read on the internet might work in one office, and not in yours. Boss Moves: Do I Have to Be Friends With My Co-Workers? has one good universal takeaway: boundaries are good. Other points? YMMV. (#advice) (#friendship-at-the-office)
- I wanted to see how Seth Godin teaches an online program. Masterfully, it turns out. If you’ve thought about freelancing, Seth Godin’s Freelancer Course On Udemy is worth it. (NB, that’s’ not an affiliate link, lol. If you find a link on one of Seth’s websites, you might find a discount though. (#what-is-a-job-anyways) (#side-hustle)
from Issue #13, January 21/22, 2018 of How to Have a Job
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