SMART goals – Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely – are all the rage, but are they smart?
Author Archive | Ann Latham
SWOT – Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats. It’s an analysis tool frequently used for formulating strategy. Unfortunately, it is simplistic, random, and misguided.
When there is too much to do, there are only six possibilities. The good news is that five of them are effective. The bad news is that most people choose the sixth.
Growth can wreak havoc on employees and company performance. As companies grow, employees are stretched, morphed, overwhelmed, and trapped. Meanwhile, fundamental company needs are often ignored. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
We all have so much to do that setting our sights on anything above surviving the daily rush can seem unthinkable. Thus, organizations without strong leaders surrender to the daily struggles and believe that tomorrow or next quarter or next year will be a better time to start making changes. Unfortunately, tomorrow is always tomorrow. […]
Not sure I’ve ever encountered an organization that doesn’t complain about “poor communication.” There are four main reasons why employees complain about a lack of communication, none of which are resolved with more communication!
Change Management, in capital letters, seems to have become a goal in and of itself, rather than a means for achieving other goals. People can get so preoccupied with “Doing Change Management” that they have become distracted from the real goals.
Without strong vision, strategy and discipline, the low hanging fruit will keep you busy for a long, long time, leaving strategic issues to languish. Accelerate progress toward your vision by pursuing the strategic over the easy.
The main reason training fails is because it isn’t training that is needed. If you want improvement, it is easy to assume the first thing your employee needs is more training but in most cases, you would be wrong.