Make It Fast. Make It Urgent.

Make It Fast. Make It Urgent.

Earlier today, we discussed the importance of creating urgency. Lou Gramm apparently agrees.       Share this:

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The 16 Benefits of Goals

The 16 Benefits of Goals

Goals impact outcomes. If they didn’t, I wouldn’t bother blogging about them. But they do, so here I am – blogging away. Research indicates at least 16 benefits of goals: Goals Set Direction Goals Clarify Expectations Goals Establish Priorities Goals Provide Focus Goals Enable Feedback Goals Encourage Planning Goals Spur

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Creating Appropriate Urgency

Creating Appropriate Urgency

One of the greatest failures of the SMART goal acronym lies in the use of ‘Time-bound’. Most books, trainers, or workshops will guide you to ‘slap a date on that’ and then just move on. Well, it’s not enough to ‘slap a date on that’. I’m consistently amused by executives

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How Goals Pay Off

How Goals Pay Off

Yesterday, we talked about how Goals Drive Conversations. Here’s an example: One day, my wife Angie asks me the question, “What should we do this weekend?” I respond, “Let’s go to Monterey (#1 – Set Direction). We can visit the aquarium (#2 – Clarifying Expectations)”. Angie says, “We should get

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Should You Be Doing What You’re Doing?

Should You Be Doing What You’re Doing?

Here’s a great exercise for you to do for your business: List all the activities you currently engage in for the business. You probably have dozens, if not hundreds of these. List all the steps that occur within each of those activities. Congratulations. you now have thousands of line items.

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Goals Drive Conversations

Goals Drive Conversations

SMART as Hell goals generate plenty of benefits, but my favorite is this: they drive conversations. You can’t argue against nothing… although I’m not sure if our current political environment proves or disproves that assertion. Regardless, vague goals like “Get Healthier” or “Increase Customer Satisfaction” don’t generate a lot of

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What’s Your Current Adventure?

What’s Your Current Adventure?

An adventure is something that is unusual, exciting, hazardous, remarkable, risky, dangerous, bold. Why would you want to undertake an adventure? Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. – Helen Keller Well played, Helen. Of course, everyone’s idea of adventure is different. Let’s take a look at some of

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Goals Tell Us When We’re ‘There’

Goals Tell Us When We’re ‘There’

Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we… wait, did we just pass our exit? <SLAP> It’s pretty annoying isn’t it? Without goals, I will never know when to stop. If you tell me to pick apples, I might pick 100. But then you might tell me you

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Are You Finished Yet?

Are You Finished Yet?

I’ve got a problem. I’m curious about almost everything and easily distracted by the next interesting topic. A few of the many topics that have caught my attention and – more importantly – my time over the past few years include: The design of graphic novels I created a comic-book-based

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Photo Jolts! Video: One of These Things Is Not Like The Others

Photo Jolts! Video: One of These Things Is Not Like The Others

In this video, learning legend Thiagi and I demonstrate a Photo Jolt activity titled “Black Sheep”. To play this game, the participant selects three random photo images places the images on a table chooses one card – the ‘black sheep – that is different from the other two explains the

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Goals Reduce Variability

Goals Reduce Variability

This is another outcome of goals that should come with the disclaimer, “for better or worse”. Research from goal experts Edwin Locke and Gary Latham shows that goals reduce variability. This makes perfect sense. If I tell 100 people to write daily, some people will write a paragraph, some will

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Let’s Go ‘Somewhere Nice’…

Let’s Go ‘Somewhere Nice’…

Vagueness is a common source of alignment issues. Your wife wants to go somewhere nice this weekend. You suggest the Monterey Peninsula. She agrees. After you arrive and unpack however, you sense a problem. You’ve packed hiking gear for Point Lobos and kayaking gear for the bay. She’s packed a

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Can’t Get No Satisfaction?

Can’t Get No Satisfaction?

On Monday, we talked about how goals increase satisfaction. Well, here’s one guy who’s not getting enough… satisfaction, that is. Does he need more goals? Or less?   Share this:

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Goals Create Momentum

Goals Create Momentum

Everyone has experienced this benefit of goals – as we get closer to our target, our energy increases. Excitement and relief increase as we count down the miles to our destination The roar of the crowd becomes deafening as a football team approaches the goal line Our pulse rises a

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Albert Einstein on Being Smart

Albert Einstein on Being Smart

Albert makes a really great point here: It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. – Albert Einstein I prattle on about being SMART as Hell, as if brains are the ‘be-all, end-all’. That would be seriously misleading. Hard-work, perseverance, ‘elbow-grease’, discipline, deliberate practice,

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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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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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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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