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Surfing the Wave of Relevance

Surfing the Wave of Relevance

I’m currently hanging out in Half Moon Bay, reading “Making Mavericks” by local surfing legend Frosty Hesson. The book is Hesson’s memoir of growing up and surfing in Northern California. It’s clear that Hesson is a thoughtful coach and an extremely reflective learner. He shares countless lessons in the book,

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Photo Jolts! How is this Fruit Bat a Metaphor for Ego?

Photo Jolts! How is this Fruit Bat a Metaphor for Ego?

Use anything in this photo as inspiration for your metaphor. How is this photo a metaphor for ego? What about ego is missing from this photo? Share your responses below. Drive coaching, team building, or creativity exercises with PhotoJolts! activity cards. Learn more at PhotoJolts.com Share this:

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The Opposite of SMART is not Dumb; it’s Dream.

The Opposite of SMART is not Dumb; it’s Dream.

People often think that the opposite of SMART is dumb. They are wrong. As an exercise, I listed the antonyms of the SMART acronym: Specific : General Measurable : Immeasurable Aggressively Attainable : Impossible Relevant : Irrelevant Time-bound : Timeless It turns out that the antonyms –  general, immeasurable, impossible,

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SMART as Hell Advice from Surfer Frosty Hesson

SMART as Hell Advice from Surfer Frosty Hesson

We’re in Half Moon Bay this week, celebrating a birthday and an anniversary. Our hotel – the Oceano, which I highly recommend – is a stones throw from Mavericks: the biggest-barely-surfable waves on earth. I watched the movie “Chasing Mavericks” on a flight home a few weeks ago, and enjoyed

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Photo Jolts! How is the Singapore Skyline a Metaphor for Ego?

Photo Jolts! How is the Singapore Skyline a Metaphor for Ego?

Use anything in this photo as inspiration for your metaphor. How is this photo a metaphor for ego? What about ego is missing from this photo? Share your responses below. Drive coaching, team building, or creativity exercises with PhotoJolts! activity cards. Learn more at PhotoJolts.com Share this:

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The Care and Feeding of Scoreboards

The Care and Feeding of Scoreboards

In June of 2010, my wife and I went to Pebble Beach to watch a round of golf at the US Open Tournament. The weather was sunny and warm, with a breeze blowing in off of Monterey Bay. The course was in beautiful condition. We had a great view of

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One Thing at a Time

One Thing at a Time

In the middle of a particular hectic day at work, my good friend and mentor Peter Gaudette would often say, “Glenn, it’s a target-rich environment”. I loved that phrase for a couple of reasons: It conveyed Peter’s enthusiasm for problem solving. It embodied a “every problem is a gift” philosophy.

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Photo Jolts! How is this Chinese Dragon a Metaphor for Ego?

Photo Jolts! How is this Chinese Dragon a Metaphor for Ego?

Use anything in this photo as inspiration for your metaphor. How is this photo a metaphor for ego? What about ego is missing from this photo? Share your responses below. Drive coaching, team building, or creativity exercises with PhotoJolts! activity cards. Learn more at PhotoJolts.com Share this:

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Should Goals be ‘Motivating’?

Should Goals be ‘Motivating’?

The SMART acronym can be interpreted in many different ways. Most of the alternatives, like “S = Special”, are easy to dismiss. But “M = Motivating” is a little more difficult to dismiss, for two reasons. It appears in the work of business icon Ken Blanchard. It’s hard to argue

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What’s Your Mission?

What’s Your Mission?

I’ve spent the better part of the past three days discussing missions, purposes, and the meaning of life with a number of my colleagues. A few of the conversations were about our company. A few of the conversations were about my team. A few of the conversations were more personal:

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The Danger in Compliance Goals

The Danger in Compliance Goals

Compliance or ‘maintenance’ goals are mankind’s most dangerous threat to greatness. I define compliance goals as any goal where the target is: A ‘must-do’ Relatively ‘low-hanging-fruit’. There are few performance barriers. Should be performed 95% or higher, or 5% or lower Not doing it should get you fired (or at

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Bugs Bunny gives a lesson on Fanaticism

Bugs Bunny gives a lesson on Fanaticism

It’s one of the enduring questions… And it can often decide whether you’re SMART as Hell. How do I know if I’ve given too little? How do I know if I’ve given enough? How do I know if I’ve gone too far? Well, one way you can know is to

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A Focus on Focus

A Focus on Focus

My friend Tomo always likes to say, “We’re just like crows, easily distracted by shiny objects”. I wish it weren’t true, but it’s tough to argue with – especially in a culture where we’re so proud of our inability to focus that we gave it a name: multi-tasking. Never mind

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My SMART as Hell Journey: Reward

My SMART as Hell Journey: Reward

In 1993, I wrote my first SMART as Hell goal. Up to that point, I had spent five years working hard, getting great reviews, and producing strong results. I had not, however, spent any time managing my career. As a result, I had fallen behind my colleagues in both title and pay. So,

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Riches vs. Enrichment

Riches vs. Enrichment

In 2008, I had a very good year at work. I took on a number of key projects and delivered on those projects with great results. That fall, I received the biggest bonus of my career, as well as the biggest raise of my career. Unfortunately, our business was softening

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A Graphic Guide to Writing SMART as Hell Goals follows Mickey, a new employee, on his journey from SMART to SMART as Hell. In this fast paced comic book by award-winning author Glenn Hughes, you’ll watch Mickey rebound from a failed meeting with his boss Amy, by getting clarity around his

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SMART as Hell Advice

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Do your goals lack punch? Are you struggling for the motivation to realize your dreams? Do you sometimes wish you could get a nice pat on the back AND a good kick in the butt? SMART as Hell Advice is your antidote. In this book, award-winning goal expert Glenn Hughes gathers

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Photo Jolts!

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Photo Jolts!

Looking to increase clarity, creativity, and conversation?  Photo Jolts! shows you how to leverage the power of photographs to improve yourself, your team, or your organization. Master trainer Thiagi and SMART as Hell.com founder Glenn Hughes share 51 activities (with over 300 variations) that are tested and proven to help participants

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