Category: Goals and Strategy

Strategy Matters

Strategy Matters

In organizations, people are often “paddling in different directions.” They are working hard but producing few results for their effort. They are working long hours and getting nowhere. They are tired, frustrated, and de-motivated.  Morale decreases. Resentment builds.  Strategy provides clarity around what the organization is aiming to achieve. It provides direction, offering people a sense of where the…
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If it's worth doing well it may be worth doing it poorly

If It’s Worth Doing Well, It May Be Worth Doing Poorly

I knew I wanted to be exercising more.  I walk by the rowing machine many times a day. But I didn’t have time for exercise. Or so I told myself. Exercise in my mind was a minimum of 30 minutes. That’s what “they” say, isn’t it? And I felt unmotivated to try to fit 30 minutes into…
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"Want to feel better? Make small goals to empty your "I Should Do That Bag" lighten the mental and emotional burden you carry everywhere you do" with a picture of a woman carrying a full backpack and looking down.

Want to Feel Better? Empty Your “I Should Do That Bag”

The “I Should Do That Bag.” We all have one. We tend to add to it frequently and without much strategy. It gets heavier and heavier, and we carry it everywhere we go. No wonder we are so exhausted. Getting out from under the mental and emotional burden of our heavy load requires being more strategic in what…
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Motivation Tip - Big Dreams, Small Steps

Achieve Goals With Small Steps

Goals. Ugh, right? Have you given up even trying? Often we set the bar high and try to jump right over it. And end up demotivated, frustrated, and failing. Big initiatives are achieved through the completion of many small steps. Aim high, but set the bar low.  “A low bar? I can get over that. I see a…
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Two people in a canoe paddling in opposite directions

Paddling in Opposite Directions

Tired.Frustrated.Demotivated.  So much time, energy, and money expended. And yet we’re still in the same spot on the lake.  I’m angry at them. They’re angry at me.  I’m working hard! We’re getting nowhere. It must be THEIR fault.  If one of the people in the canoe changed direction, in just a few minutes there would be more progress…
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Person stuck at a barrier with a clear path behind and to the left of him and "your path forward may be behind you"

Your Path Forward May Be Behind You

Did you “go on a lion hunt” as a child?  Going on a lion hunt.Gonna catch a big one.I’m not scared. Uh oh!  A log.Can’t go over it. Can’t go under it.Can’t go through it.Gotta go around it! As children, we knew the best way was around, but as adults, we often get to a barricade and…
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Why Strategy?

Consider the people in the images below.  How far do you think they would travel in an hour? A day? A year?  If they spent the day giving their full effort, how might they be feeling?  In organizations, people are often “paddling in different directions.” They are working hard but producing few results for their effort. They are working long…
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