What is SMART Anyway?

What is SMART Anyway?

As we mentioned yesterday, there are over 2 million potential definitions for SMART. Referencing only published works, I found: Twelve definitions for ‘S’ Seven for ‘M’ Thirty for ‘A’ Twenty-six for ‘R’, and Thirty-five for ‘T’. If, like me, you believe that ‘there can only be one’, we’ve got some

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Living in the Shadows

Living in the Shadows

Straight talk has never been easy. Describe a memory and someone will refute it. State the truth and no one wants to hear it. Make a prediction and we’ll only remember where you’re wrong. Give your opinion and half the audience gets pissed off. The safer choice – the one

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Photo Jolts! How is this Mynah a Metaphor for Brilliance?

Photo Jolts! How is this Mynah a Metaphor for Brilliance?

Use anything in this photo as inspiration for your metaphor. How is this photo a metaphor for brilliance? What about brilliance 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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Two Million Definitions of SMART

The math is frightening. In my SMART goal research, I found: Twelve definitions for ‘S’ Seven for ‘M’ Thirty for ‘A’ Twenty-six for ‘R’, and Thirty-five for ‘T’. That creates the potential for more than two million different combinations: 12 x 7 x 30 x 26 x 35 = 2,

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Why This? Why Me? Why Now?

Why This? Why Me? Why Now?

A couple of weeks ago I visited the World Heritage Site in Mahabalipuram, India. The busiest spot in the park is Krishna’s Butterball, a large boulder that appears to be balancing precariously. Everyone – tourist or local – wants to have their picture taken at the base of the rock, appearing

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Photo Jolts! How is the Merlion a Metaphor for Brilliance?

Photo Jolts! How is the Merlion a Metaphor for Brilliance?

Use anything in this photo as inspiration for your metaphor. How is this photo a metaphor for brilliance? What about brilliance 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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SMART is the King of Goal Frameworks

SMART is the King of Goal Frameworks

While there are many frameworks that are intended to facilitate the goal writing process, SMART is – by a landslide – the ‘King’. Undisputed? Maybe not… But King? Yes. Without any doubt. How broadly accepted is it? A Google search for SMART goals will retrieve over 40 million results. A

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Failing Forward

Failing Forward

Angie and I recently returned from a 6-week trip to Singapore and India. It was an excellent trip – I got to work with fantastic people in my workshops, we caught up with old friends, we ate our favorite foods without putting on any extra weight, and the warm weather

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Photo Jolts! How is the Lake Palace a Metaphor for Brilliance?

Photo Jolts! How is the Lake Palace a Metaphor for Brilliance?

Use anything in this photo as inspiration for your metaphor. How is this photo a metaphor for brilliance? What about brilliance 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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14 Goal Setting Frameworks That Aren’t SMART

14 Goal Setting Frameworks That Aren’t SMART

While I’m a champion for SMART as Hell goals, the SMART acronym (which states that goals should be Specific, Measurable, Aggressively Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound) is certainly not the only fish in the pond. There are plenty of other goal-setting frameworks out there. Let’s look at a few, with my

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Weight for it…

Weight for it…

Last year, I stepped on a scale at the doctors office, and heard him say, “192” as he scribbled on his pad. Me: “What?” Him: “192” Me: “Crap”. I hadn’t weighed myself in almost a year, so this was new information. 192 was about 20 pounds over my ‘living’ weight

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Photo Jolts! How is this Korean Bride a Metaphor for Birth?

Photo Jolts! How is this Korean Bride a Metaphor for Birth?

Use anything in this photo as inspiration for your metaphor. How is this photo a metaphor for birth? What about birth 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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Photo Jolts! How is this Gopher a Metaphor for Birth?

Photo Jolts! How is this Gopher a Metaphor for Birth?

Use anything in this photo as inspiration for your metaphor. How is this photo a metaphor for birth? What about birth 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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What Does the ‘T’ in SMART Stand For?

What Does the ‘T’ in SMART Stand For?

The SMART goal acronym is widely used, but – oddly enough – there is not clear alignment on what it actually means. In my research of more than 400 books that reference SMART goals, I’ve found a wide, wide range of definitions for each aspect of ‘SMART’. Here are 35

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Get Out of the Way

Get Out of the Way

Do you ever feel like life is a series of obstacles that are dumped in front of you on a daily basis? A gauntlet of red tape, distractions, and potholes? A crowd of complainers, bureaucrats, and ‘devils advocates’ hoping you crash and burn? I used to have days like that.

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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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