How to Set the Right Goals and Make Them Work for You

Set the right goals

Are you starting to lose focus on your goals? If so, you’re not alone. This is the time of year a lot of people lose their focus.

The problem is that annual goal-setting doesn’t work. You can’t plan an entire year and know in advance all the goals you will need to achieve. It’s likely that many of your goals are no longer motivating and many no longer make sense.

If goal-setting hasn’t been working for you, here’s how to set the right goals that will get you where you want to go:

1. Always keep your vision in mind while choosing goals.

The point of setting goals is to support you in moving toward your vision. Without a clear vision, your goals might not . . . → Read More: How to Set the Right Goals and Make Them Work for You

Confessions of a Closet Extrovert: We Need a Champion, Too

Bull In A China Shop

Dear Introverts,

It’s nice that people are appreciating you so much more these days and showing how to build on your quiet strengths. But we extroverts are also often misunderstood, and we need a champion, too – someone who will stand up for us and challenge common misperceptions like these:

1. Ready, Fire, Aim

It’s not necessary to take everything we say literally. We think out loud, and we need to put the idea out there in order to look at it. Just because we say something doesn’t mean you should go do it. We get a bad rap for not thinking things through before we take action. OK. Maybe we do jump to action a little too quickly sometimes. But that doesn’t mean . . . → Read More: Confessions of a Closet Extrovert: We Need a Champion, Too

How Managers Can Solve the Problem of Employee Retention

Quit or Stay

Employees are not a replaceable commodity. According to recent research, the tide has turned and employee retention has become a critical issue for organizations.

One of the easiest and most effective ways keep top talent is through “stay interviews,” developed by Bev Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans. First described in their bestseller, Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em, they have fleshed out how this works in their new book Hello Stay Interviews; Goodbye Talent Loss.

What I particularly like about this approach is it puts the responsibility for retention in the hands of the people who are in the best position to make a difference – the direct managers. And it is something managers can easily incorporate into their job.

I had the privilege of catching up . . . → Read More: How Managers Can Solve the Problem of Employee Retention

The 10 WORST Popular Leadership Quotes

Leadership Quotes That Miss the Mark

Great leadership quotes inspire and guide us. They become part of our mainstream language and instilled in our culture. We accept them as a reflection of the ideal, aspire to live them and use them when teaching others about leadership.

But sometimes a quote takes root that sends us in the wrong direction. Frequently these are from highly respected leaders who are often quoted. Not bothering to think critically, we just assume everything they say is on target.

Or it might be that the quote is pithy, and we like the way it sounds. The problem with a catchy slogan is that the form supersedes content.

These 10 “worst leadership quotes” are included on many “best leadership quotes” lists. Although these particular quotes miss . . . → Read More: The 10 WORST Popular Leadership Quotes

How to Delegate Effectively and Minimize RiskHow to Delegate Effectively and Minimize the Risk

Delegate Effectively

Delegating is often one of the hardest things for a manager to do. You give away your authority to make decisions but are still responsible for the outcome if something goes wrong.

Often managers don’t delegate because they hold one or more of these beliefs. Do any sound familiar?

“If you want the job done right, you have to do it yourself.” “They don’t know how, and it’s not my job to train them.” “They don’t want extra responsibilities.” “They’ve already got too much to do.” “It’s my job to do the thinking. It’s their job to do the work.” “They will get the recognition instead of me.” “If they do too much, I might be seen as dispensable.” “If they do it wrong, it . . . → Read More: How to Delegate Effectively and Minimize the Risk

From Corporate Officer to Clown: Reinvent Yourself But Not Your Purpose


The first female officer in the 150-year history of Stanley Black & Decker, Barbara Bennett was among the first women in a Fortune 500 company to break through the glass ceiling in 1989. Her direct style tempered by easy-going humor allowed her to fit quite well with the male-dominant culture. She used to joke that sometimes she would forget and follow the guys into the men’s room.

Convinced they needed to break down barriers, she was incredibly creative in finding ways to do it. For example, years before either of us had heard about “large group interventions,” Barbara asked me to help her plan a working meeting for their annual Managers’ Meeting, where they would make real business decisions. I had never done anything like . . . → Read More: From Corporate Officer to Clown: Reinvent Yourself But Not Your Purpose

Vision Requires Action: 7 Tips to Move and Keep Moving

Vision Requires Action

Creating a shared vision is one of the most important roles of a leader. But vision alone is not enough. Vision requires action.

Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare. – Japanese proverb

First: Do a “Vision Check” to make sure you really have a shared vision.

➤ Does your vision include all three keys to a compelling vision?

➤ Did you involve others in creating it? Does the vision resonate with their own hopes, and can they see how they can contribute?

Now: Take action!

1. Start now. Take the first steps and other steps will be come clear.

Vision is about action, not planning. As you take steps, future steps become clear as you move forward. . . . → Read More: Vision Requires Action: 7 Tips to Move and Keep Moving

Relationship Currency Transforms a Transactional World

Relationship current trump housing price

You might think this has become a transactional world, where important decisions are made solely on the basis of price. It certainly might look like that, especially in the wild San Francisco Bay real estate market where housing prices are at an all time high and competition is fierce.

But my experience last month challenges this belief.

I moved from the east coast to the San Francisco Bay area last summer. It was a big move to leave a community I’ve been part of for over 30 years; but all of my family had migrated out west over the years and I wanted to be closer to them.

I took a temporary rental in a lovely neighborhood near my cousin so I had time to . . . → Read More: Relationship Currency Transforms a Transactional World