Showing posts from June, 2007

SMART Goals No More!

Familiar with the old SMART approach to goal setting? Ever felt like it lets you down sometimes? Wondering if there is an alternative way to set goals?

I just came across a new approach from management prof Sandy Kristin Piderit at her new blog Work-Life Chronicles. She calls it START NOW and her approach has a lot to admire, including:

S = Support. What a great insight. Very few of us achieve our goals without the support of others.

R = Reflection. Sandy balances action with taking a few steps back to gain some distance and see the bigger picture.

W = Wise Action. This may be my favorite part. She calls wisdom the "hidden prerequisite" in the old SMART model.

For me, wisdom is what separates the truly right goals from the rest.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, June 30, 2007

Design Your Own President

Consultant and author Karl Albrecht has an interesting survey right now where he is seeking input on the traits most required in a U.S. President.

He says: "I'm not trying to tell people how to pick a president; I'm only trying to help them think about it more clearly."

Why? Because when several "millions of people pull levers to express whatever definitions they're carrying around in their nervous systems," it leads to a decision with world-wide effects.

Here are the traits I wrote in:

- Honesty; Speaks the truth in plain terms

- Keeps his or her commitments; does not over promise and under deliver

- Listens and acknowledges what he or she has heard; seeks to hear all points of view, even that of the "enemy"

- Seeks participation in decision making from a broad array of stakeholders

- Understands history and learns from it

- Takes care to get to know and understand the major players on the world stage

- Is true to the founding values & principles …

Motivated! Engaged! Committed!

Thanks to Gautam, I found an article by Regina Miller on engagement where she wonders about the differences between employee engagement and employee commitment.

Whatever happened to employee motivation? No longer relevant?

Regina makes a good point when she says: "Your employer brand depends on your employees as advocates about how excited they are to work in an organisation as cool as yours– that cares about engaging people at work and that at the end of the day relies on engaged and committed employees to make the brand come to life for customers."

Do managers know how to do this? Do they have the leadership skills to motivate, engage, and build this level of commitment?

Added Note: Read this related piece by Caribbean blogger Francis Wade.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, June 27, 2007

Changing Our Minds

Blogger Tom Haskins at growing changing learning creating, has an entry about the next wave in meetings of the mind.

I like his point about publishing confused possibilities. I do that a lot in meetings where I'll grab a marker and start scribbling on a flipchart or a white board and invite the others to join in.

Though it's messy, it ultimately helps you arrive at clear concepts and agreed upon solutions.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, June 22, 2007

Happiness Formula

We had a guest speaker at church this morning, a sister from Africa, who shared the following with us:

If you want to be happy for an hour, take a nap.
If you want to be happy for a day, go fishing.
If you want to be happy for a week, take a vacation.
If you want to be happy for a month, get married.
If you want to be happy for a year, inherit a fortune.
If you want to be happy for the rest of your life, help other people.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, June 17, 2007

Workplace Dreams

Do you ever dream about the future workplace? The workplace as you'd like to see it?

The other day at LinkedIn Answers, blogger Scott McArthur got me going with his question about HR 2.0.

What I'd like to see is the emergence of the employee-generated organization. An organization awash in communities, wikis, blogs, discussion forums, coffee klatches, webinars, idea fairs, speed geeking, un-conferences etc.

Would that be HR 2.0?

I think most current HR depts would be afraid of so much wikiality, socializing, hob nobbing, and percolating.

But I think it would be a great place to work.

What are your dreams of the workplace?

posted by Terrence Seamon, June 9, 2007

Cool Caribbean Blog

Management consultant and blogger Francis Wade has a cool blog called Chronicles from a Caribbean Cubicle where he has a freewheeling series going on about interventions.

He blogs about one of his passions: "making positive change a reality in Caribbean corporations and countries through my company, Framework Consulting."

One of my dreams is to go to a Caribbean island for vacation, sit on an uncrowded beach, with a good book and a cold drink nearby.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, June 8, 2007