Goal Setting and Executive Coaching
By Dr. Ear R. Smith IIDrSmith@Dr-Smith.comwww.Dr-Smith.comEvery one of my executive coaching engagementscomes to focus repeatedly on the process of goalsetting and progress towards those goals. It is at thecore of the idea of personal accountability. Many of my clients start out with a rather informal approach tothe process. Early on in each engagement, I insist thatwe formalize the effort and keep detailed notes. Mostoften I have the client keep a journal whichGoal setting is one of the most important tools inwithin the executive’s management toolbox. Good corporate leadersunderstand the importance of setting goals for their businesses as wellas for themselves. My approach to executive coaching helps clients todefine exactly what their goals should be as well as how to pursuethem. I start with a series of question. Here are a few examples:
: Do you know exactly what it is that you want to achieve? Doyou want to expand your business or receive a promotion? Be detailedand very specific when you set your goal. You should know exactlywhat you want, as well as who is involved in the process, and the timeline in which to accomplish it.
: Can you measure your goal? You should be able to keeptrack of your progress, chart your successes and celebrate when youhit your target goals. This will help to keep you focused on the task,and keep you motivated. If you cannot measure your goal, you will notbe able to see when you have made positive changes toward achievingit.
: Set goals that are attainable. Once set, then you canwork to develop the skills, tools and ability to achieve them. Expect towork hard for your goals. It is possible to reach even the hardest of goals as long as you work slowly towards it, bringing it closer andcloser because you have developed the skills needed to achieve it. If you set goals for yourself that are impossibly far out of reach, you willprobably give up long before you get there.
: It may not be easy to achieve the goals that you set foryourself or for your business, but it has to be at least possible due tothe time, money and effort that is needed to achieve your goals. Try tofocus on a few simple, attainable goals rather than many foolish ideas,