A Big Fish Requires a Big Net

A Big Fish Requires a Big Net

I love this saying, because it’s so visual. If one casts a small net, cannot catch big fish. – Chinese Proverb This proverb always reminds me of the scene in Jaws, when Roy Scheider says, “You’re going to need a bigger boat”. This applies to goals in two ways: To

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Goals Encourage Planning

Goals Encourage Planning

Some people claim that goals are unnecessary. “I’m not a CEO. I don’t need goals to get through the day. I just freely experience the wonderful bounty of life”. Yet that same person is planning a backpacking trip across Europe. Here’s news for you. If you’re doing any level of

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Things That Cannot Be Measured

Things That Cannot Be Measured

Let me list them here: Those blanks are not a mistake… of all the myths that exist in our world, this is one of my favorites. I hear it all the time, “You don’t understand, Glenn. What we’re working on cannot be measured or quantified”. This is where I expect

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Are Your Resolutions SMART as Hell?

I joined Robert H. Thompson’s “Thought Grenades” podcast in December to assess the 2013 goals written by Robert and his co-host Mike Neiss. Give it a listen. You’re sure to pick up some useful ideas about your resolutions. Listen to internet radio with Robert H Thompson on Blog Talk Radio

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Goals Enable Feedback

Goals Enable Feedback

I’m sure something like this has happened to you. You decide to do some cleaning around the house. You and your family or roommates start cleaning. At some point, one person gets bored and stops. Another person wants to keep going. At the end of the day, someone asks, “How’d

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Three Questions For Playing The Game of Life

Three Questions For Playing The Game of Life

If we accept the premise that life is a sort of game that we’re all playing (in fact, I would argue it is THE game and that all other ‘games’ are simplifications/simulations of the game of life that allow us a degree of control we don’t possess over life) then

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Time, time, time…

Time, time, time…

The “T” in SMART stands for Time-bound. Why is that important? Let’s ask the Bangles: Paul Simon – the author of this song – nailed it: Time, time, time, see what’s become of me, while I looked around for my possibilities. Exploration is important. I’m a guy who can spend

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Goals Provide Focus

Goals Provide Focus

Without goals, I can spend my time doing anything. Or nothing. This lack of focus may result in a lot of wasted time and energy. This happens when we work on the wrong things. If I hire an engineer and ask her to ‘engineer’, that could mean anything. She might

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If You Want to Make a Stand…

If You Want to Make a Stand…

You’ll probably need help. And if you want help, well… I’ll let Confucius dispense the advice on this one. If you want to make a stand, help others make a stand, and if you want to reach your goal, help others reach their goal. – Confucius, from David Hinton’s Translation

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Goals Establish Priorities

Goals Establish Priorities

Goals set direction and clarify expectations. Additionally they help establish priorities. And that’s important. Without SMART as Hell goals, I may prioritize the wrong activities. I know our customers are important. I know my reports are important. I know that the quarter-end presentation is important. But if I have to

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Are You Alive? Really Alive?

Are You Alive? Really Alive?

The holidays are a great time for turning off your brain, filling up on turkey and wine, and watching television or movies. Everything from the cold temperatures to the falling rain or snow to the crazy Christmas traffic encourages us to ‘cocoon’. As a result, by the end of the

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Project 333 is SMART as Hell

Project 333 is SMART as Hell

I’ve been doing a little year-end cleaning over the past few days, and I decided to clean out my closet. I lost 35 pounds this year, so I literally went from “nothing fits me – boo!” to “nothing fits me – yay!” without much time in between. I was reading

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Goals Clarify Expectations

Goals Clarify Expectations

Goals set direction. They tell us where we are going, but often that’s not enough. It’s great that we’re going in the same direction, but how far are we going? For how long? For whom? With whom? Without specific goals, it’s difficult to calibrate our expectations. You think we’ll be

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Are You Ready to Set Yourself On Fire?

Are You Ready to Set Yourself On Fire?

A lot of people talk about ‘setting the world on fire’, but here’s another way of looking at it… Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. – Arnold H. Glasgow Hmmm…. that’s rather a different level of commitment, don’t you think? Let’s take that

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Pick a Direction

If you cry “Forward!” you must without fail make plain in what direction to go. Don’t you see that if, without doing so, you call out the word to both a mond and revolutionary, they will go in directions precisely opposite? Anton Chekhov What direction are you declaring for 2013?

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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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