goal setting in business

Today I am considering the topic of Goal Setting In Business as this is something that I am asked about frequently and is a skill that many business people do not possess and; as a consequence the process of setting goals and following them through to a conclusion (and then setting new ones) is not well understood.

This is where Self Development meets Business Strategy and in my experience and opinion, Goal Setting is a skill that all business people should seriously consider learning and incorporating into their day to day business activities.

You may ask why? If you already know what you wish to accomplish in your business (and personal life) then why do you actually need to set a goal. The answer lies in the fundamentals operation our brains, which is our control tower and the part of us that directs everything we do – that is both at the Conscious and Non Conscious level of our being. The majority of what we do is fundamentally determined at the Non (Sub) Conscious level …

The sequence in which you brush your teeth
The way you dress
The digestion of your food (try digesting your food consciously and see how far you get!)
The way you fold your arms
The control of everything whilst you sleep

Now, when we go through the Goal Setting business process we essentially program in our desired outcome into that part of us that never stops working.

The sad fact is that …

If you do not know where you are going, any road will get you there!

During latest business trip to India I addressed business school faculty as well as MBA students on the importance of Goal Setting. All the top performers have mentors and coaches and move their circumstances forward through the constant use of goals.

Yes, goal are extremely important in business – if you are not using them personally and professionally, I would suggest you take a close look at how you can – now.

-Stephen C Campbell

Currently I am involved in consulting with organisations to aid them in developing and increasing their organisational effectivenes and focussing in on just what is it that makes a great versus mediocre leader. What was it for example that made Herb Kelleher [former CEO of South West Airlines] such a great leader who made people want to follow him.

Looking at great leaders from all walks of life we know intrinsically that they have ‘something makes people want to be around them and want to do their very best for them as a leader and for the organisation for which they work. Through continued breakthroughs in Neuro Science we now know that the brain acts as both a transmitting as well as a recieving organ – with respect to leadership the term "Social Intelligence" looks at the ability of a leader to cause the members of his/her team to cooperate, do their very best and ultimately improve the organisation.

Traditionally we would focus on the abilities of the leader [Emotional Intelligence] and of their skill level and competencies to be able to complete tasks but now; we are looking at how critically important Social Intelligence is to the qualities of a leader.

During this particular business trip I have spoken to over 1000 people on the topic of Social Intelligence and Leadership, it is my desire that I will be able to continue to use my consulting skills in new and fresh areas in order to improve organisational effectiveness and thereby help companies to generate more revenues.

How is your [or you managers] level of Social Intelligence and Leadership Abilities ? Do you think it could be worthwhile spending a couple of days away from day to day activities to look at how you can improve by getting to grips with this topic ??

If so – let me know, any comments ??

Stephen C Campbell [Punjab, North India]