Goals Raise Productivity

Goals Raise Productivity

If productivity is sufficient without writing them, we wouldn’t bother, but once we set aside time to create and document better goals, it’s likely that we weren’t satisfied with the status quo. Well, the good news is that you’re not wasting your time. In Locke and Latham’s A Theory of Goal

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Albert Einstein on Happiness

Albert Einstein on Happiness

Albert Einstein was a pretty smart guy, even – dare we say – SMART as Hell. So, we should probably listen to what he said about happiness. If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects. – Albert Einstein Many psychologists

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Goals Stimulate Competition

Goals Stimulate Competition

Last one there is a rotten egg! It starts early, doesn’t it? By foot or by bike, we start racing against each other at a young age. As a facilitator, I can rest assured that any time I run an activity with goals, 95% of the participants will assume it’s

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Albert Einstein on Judging

Albert Einstein on Judging

One of the best reasons for SMART as Hell goals is this: it removes us mere mortals from attempting to play judge and jury. Great goals put evaluation back in the hands of the individual performer. We – the friends and colleagues of the performer – can then act as,

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Goals Facilitate Meaningful Recognition

Goals Facilitate Meaningful Recognition

One of the many benefits of SMART as Hell goals is that they facilitate meaningful recognition. It seems obvious that if you can’t describe what a great job looks like, it would be really difficult to tell someone that they did a great job – but that doesn’t seem to

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Albert Einstein on Measurement

Albert Einstein on Measurement

Let me be clear – I believe that everything can be measured. Every thing. Including Love, Derek Jeter’s intangibles (that’s a baseball joke), and even the distance between Republicans and Democrats. Not everything that counts can be counted. Not everything that can be counted counts. – Albert Einstein While I

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Photo Jolts! Video: Sharing the Past, Present, and Future

Photo Jolts! Video: Sharing the Past, Present, and Future

In this video, learning legend Thiagi and I demonstrate a Photo Jolt activity titled “A Christmas Carol”. “A Christmas Carol” is an excellent activity for setting context, sharing historical events, and building a vision of the future. This activity uses our inexpensive and effective Photo Jolts! cards.     Share this:

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Goals Increase Satisfaction

Goals Increase Satisfaction

It’s been documented that goals increase satisfaction. The works of Locke and Latham and the Gallup Organization cover this thoroughly. When we’re equipped with goals, we can feel forward progress, reach milestones, and gauge our own strength. If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates

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Albert Einstein on Time

Albert Einstein on Time

Albert Einstein was attributed with a lot of really smart, funny quotes during and after his lifetime. Some of these quotes were actually his. Here’s one quote I love (and hope he really said): The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once. – Albert Einstein

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What You Waiting For?

What You Waiting For?

Tick, tock, tick, tock… This video by Gwen Stefani brilliantly captures how hard it is to get started and how easy it is to get sidetracked. What are your distractions? Hopefully you’ve graduated past Pong! How do you manage them? And… the million-dollar-question… what are YOU waiting for?   Share

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Goals Drive Accountability

Goals Drive Accountability

A few years ago, I was tasked with reducing costs for a service team. As I looked at the numbers, one engineer was spending three times as much on parts as his colleagues. A little investigation make it clear that he was making bad decisions. I then found out that

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The Myth of Annual Goals

The Myth of Annual Goals

Annual goals really bug me. Why? Because they don’t create any energy – not until the end of the year, anyway. The time is always right to do what’s right. – Martin Luther King Concepts like ‘week’, ‘month’, ‘quarter’, and ‘year’ are arbitrary. Useful; but arbitrary. Why execute a 20%

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Goals Relieve Boredom

Goals Relieve Boredom

As a kid, I – like most kids – hated washing the dishes. Until, that is, my parents turned it into a game. My brother and I (later my sister and I) would compete to see who could wash the most dishes with the winner getting a prize (licking the

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What Are You Busy About?

What Are You Busy About?

Ninety percent of the people I talk to tell me that they are ‘real busy’. On the other hand, about eighty percent of those tell me that their work does not engage them. And most leaders will tell you that the work their employees are focusing on does not ‘move

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Goals Spur Creativity

Goals Spur Creativity

Yesterday, we said that “Goals Encourage Planning”. They inspire the question, “What are the steps we need to complete in order to accomplish this goal”? At some point during the planning process, however, you will inevitably move from asking “What will we do?” to “How the heck will we do

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A Graphic Guide to Writing SMART as Hell Goals

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A Graphic Guide to Writing SMART as Hell Goals

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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SMART as Hell Advice

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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