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Setting "SMART" Goals

Wed, 2014-11-05 05:07 -- tomjonez


Recently while completing a course sponsored by FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency), I read a section in the syllabus about setting goals.  It is so simple and memorable that I decided to share it with my friends.  The concept is built around the acronym “SMART”.

Here it is:

Developing a Goal Statement

Your goal statement expresses what you hope to achieve... [Effective]  ...goals should be:

The Lead Dog with Old Friends

Wed, 2014-10-22 00:15 -- tomjonez


I have a friend who was recently promoted to a leadership position.  He is now leading the same group where he was previously one of the team members; now he is the leader of the team.

The transition is a bit tricky - because through the course of time prior to his new appointment, he had become good friends with those he now leads.  Whereas once he was part of the gang; now he is leader of the pack.

Front-end Alignment Leads to Locomotive Momentum

Wed, 2014-10-15 07:52 -- tomjonez


As happens so often, I had a fun and interesting meeting with a company recently.  Those who were present in the meeting included the members of the company’s governing board and the senior management team. And, thankfully, this particular leadership team is truly a capable and gifted team.

Their question, “How can we increase sales?”

My response, “What is the nature of your mission in one sentence?”

Take Action

Wed, 2014-09-03 06:35 -- tomjonez


I am amazed at the simplicity of the phrase, “Take Action.” In these two words we find a leadership principle that needs little explanation.  That said, it is equally amazing how often we find ourselves tempted to drift toward “hesitation” in leadership.

But hesitation is not our friend.  Not now.  Not ever.

It is generally the case that one of the greatest risks in leadership is to “do nothing.” That is, unless doing nothing is a deliberate action step.  Because timing is an important aspect of action taken.

A Leader and His (or Her) Friends – Part III

Tue, 2014-08-26 20:30 -- tomjonez


For the past two weeks I have discussed the thought that one of the most important decisions a leader can make is the people with whom he or she chooses to associate. I referred to King Solomon, who several millennia ago, expressed the insight that, ““Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”  As we ended the email last week, I asked for your input on the following questions: As a leader, what do you look for in friendships?  What qualities are important to you?


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