We all start the year with inspiring resolutions to transform businesses or careers. Experts choose to change jobs or launch a new business; solopreneurs decide to grow; founders resolve to find new markets. CEOs go for new and ambitious goals to improve their organizations… We confidently throw ourselves into the new year – new project inertia, which surges with tremendous inspiration. Nevertheless, we tend to start working on it using old methods and ambiguous strategies. Unfortunately, old habits and impreciseness don’t bring new results.
Setting a new goal is just the beginning of a change journey. It would be best if you had more… You need a realistic plan for that new milestone in your business or personal life.
Once you’ve defined the goal you want to pursue, ask yourself what exact actions and activities you have to undergo to achieve it. Furthermore, you will probably discover that you must fine-tune your goal to make it more realistic and achievable.
Following this method, let’s see how Pete (a fictitious character) deploys the vision for his business – Venturist (a fictional company).
This High-level action plan becomes the HOW for Pete to achieve his goal. You can develop this plan entirely independently as a business owner or manager. However, please work with your team to brainstorm ideas and further deploy them. And share your progress with all your stakeholders. It will help you control the resistance to change you will face. Business growth is a result of joint effort and teamwork.
Vision: Get promoted to Head of Design
Beware of setting goals that someone else has power over, not you. For example, “Get that promotion!” depends on who else applies and the recruiter’s decision. But “Get the experience and training that I need to be considered for that promotion” is entirely down to you (detailed guide for goal setting).
Goal: I want to gain the skills and experience necessary to become head of design within my organization in 3 years.