Strategy is about HOW to accomplish goals. I can’t tell you how many strategic planning retreats I have facilitated only to see worthy goals never implemented. When I followed up I discovered that the organization had not fully implemented the goals they had set. One of the reasons is that no one was personally responsible or accountable for each goal. Research shows that the three keys to goal achievement are (1) put them in writing, (2) tell someone else and (3) be held accountable.
Although I accomplished quite a bit this past year I thought about those three keys as I reviewed my own goals for calendar year 2014. I immediately realized that I had not done two of the three. I decided that 2015 would be different: I would tell someone else and ask him or her to hold me accountable. If you would like to help me achieve my goals for 2015 and have me a few others help you achieve your goals for 2015 I invite you to join our 2015 Goal Setters group. We are limiting it to only 10 members, so if you are interested you need to respond right away. Send me an email (see below) if you want to join.
Oh, you would like some more details. We will meet four times in 2015 for lunch at River Hills Club in Jackson. At the first meeting we will share our goal statements. The next three meetings we will report progress and hold each other accountable. I suggest a fifth meeting sometime in December to celebrate our accomplishments. Your goals can be personal, social, work-related, spiritual, physical, whatever. They just should be specific, measurable and achievable. By the way, I saw a similar online goal setting group that is charging $197 to join. Our cost will only be for the food we eat at the meetings. Now that’s a deal.