Right around the first of every year, we take a look at the workshops we provide and run them through a quick review. How are they working? Are clients getting the value we expect? Are there things we’ve learned that can help us improve them? So last year we began refining a workshop we give on effective goal setting. We provide this workshop both to large and small companies that are looking to systematize their annual goal-setting cycles, and to do so in ways that are both simple and strategic. (Many companies, it turns out, are anxious to improve this important annual function).
We revisited parts of the standard offering—our use of the SMART model, for example, along with our focus on dependencies and mutual relationships—and found that they still held up very well. Still, we felt that there was probably something we could add that would enrich the program. Finally, Renee came up with an interesting question, one that stems from her experience as an executive coach.
“Shouldn’t a goal be ‘in service of’ something?” she asked.
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