Category: goals & goal setting

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Cross-Functional Teams That Work

One of the greatest concepts business veterans have devised in recent memory is the cross-functional team—but it is often also one of the ideas that fails most spectacularly in practice. The notion...

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What Are You Aiming At?

What do you want out of life? When asked this question, most people answer, simply, “I don’t know.” That may not be a completely accurate answer. People have a really good idea...

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The Relationship between Practice and Strategy

In the early 1990s, a research psychologist named K. Anders Ericsson, along with two of his associates from Berlin’s Academy of Music, designed a study to compare the differences between the violinists...

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Strategic Habits

Finding a strategic target can be a difficult task. It takes time and energy to think about ways to improve your long-term situation. The most effective solution that I have found is...

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7 Ways to Live and Work Strategically

Strat-e-gy (strat-i-jee): a plan, method, or series of maneuvers or stratagems for obtaining a specific goal or result.1 Every organizational unit can and will benefit from living and working more strategically. I’m...

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Book Review: A Whole New Way to Maximize Mental Potential

Not only did I enjoy reading Finding the Zone, I found it to be very helpful in my own professional and personal development.  The author, Gordon Lawrence, addresses a predicament many people...

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The Devil’s in the Details

Wishes tend to be shapeless. They have no structure, no form. They lack crucial details like “how,” “when,” and “why.” They lack planning, and they outline no steps to get from “I...

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Goal Setting 101

I have always seemed to have a problem with setting goals for myself. Whenever I think about goal-setting I think I need to set a huge and extravagant goal for myself rather...

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Perservere! Adherence and Persistence is Often the Missing Piece

Olympic sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner believed that running was a mental game.  She said: “Every day I tell myself I’m not going to allow anything to stop me.  I try to see...

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Hitting Performance Targets Because They’re There

Outside of work, people are highly motivated to stretch their mental and physical limits. They complete triathalons in record time, ride dog sleds across frozen tundra, and climb mountain peaks few have...

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