“Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I’ll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and I’ll give you a stock clerk.” – J.C. Penny
Every individual has personal goals. The organizations we work with, or for, have organizational goals.
One of the most effective ways to progress toward our personal goals is by helping achieve our company’s organizational goals.
Usually, we work with a team or company because we believe in what they are trying to achieve. If we didn’t believe in them, we probably wouldn’t work there – or shouldn’t.
It is true that occasionally there can be conflict between an employee and employer if the worker is just there for the money. But at every level, individuals are looking out for their personal goals. Even the CEOs believe that by working with the company, they are taking strides towards their own personal goals.
In turn, an organization’s progress relies on their team members’ personal goals, and the team members’ belief that the organizational progress will help them reach those goals.
People without personal goals, or “no show” employees, don’t always make the best team members. Without personal goals, these people have no strong reasons to be connected to the work they are doing. If a company’s goals don’t line up with its team members’ personal goals (and vice versa), neither is likely to be reached. True goal alignment strengthens employee engagement.
There are many ways a CEO or business leader can tell that their employees are engaged and committed to the company. If the CEO buys a new house, decides to have another child, or makes a big life decision, the employees should in turn be thrilled. Why? Because now their boss has some strong reasons to take strong action. Employees should be glad, excited, and even relieved to learn about new initiatives, because the decision makers believe they have ideas that will help the company progress, and help them progress as well.
Here are some questions to think about while teaming up for progress:
- Why do you “work?”
- How are you helping your organization reach team goals?
- How is your organization helping you reach your Big PHAT (Pretty Hot And Tempting) Goals?
- How are you progressing for those you work with?
- What are two of your organization’s goals?
- How can working toward these organizational goals become steps toward your Big PHAT Goals?
- How will accomplishing these organizational goals accelerate the achievement of your Big PHAT Goals?
- How does your organization help you avoid pain?
- What organizational initiatives have you resisted that could lead you closer to achieving your Big PHAT Goals?
- How does teaming up to accomplish your organization’s missions statement help you progress?
Companies with well-thought-out organizational goals make it easier for us to achieve our goals. The company helps us progress as we help the company progress.
Have you read?
=> How to Achieve Big PHAT Goals – Dean Lindsay.