Meaningful Personal Development Goals for Leaders

Businessman smiling with hand raised in deserted rural areaPaul sat down across the lunch table from his mentor, Rita.  “Today I’d like to discuss with you my personal development,” he said.  “I’ve set some goals for myself, and I’d like your thoughts on them.”

Rita listened attentively while Paul outlined three goals: one about gaining some new technical knowledge, another about getting to know more people on the senior leadership team, and the third about seeking out cross-divisional project work to learn other areas of the business. Continue reading

What Do Your Goals Buy You?

fuerza y velocidadIn today’s corporate culture, setting personal goals is part of the landscape.  Most of today’s leaders have learned the value of establishing goals – or have we?  Yes, if our goals are well-considered, they remind us how we fit with an overall company strategy, and they give us something to tick off our list of accomplishments during the year.  And if we meet them successfully, we continue in our careers and might get a nice raise.  Not so bad, you say. Continue reading

Just Venting – Innocuous or Noxious?

Business togetherKaty flew into Mindy’s office, closed the door, and announced, “I’ve got to get this off my chest.”  She then proceeded to unload a story of just leaving a meeting in which she felt sideswiped by their colleague Ken, who had not completed his portion of the project on time, but seemed to attribute it to issues with the work Katy and her team had done.  The more Katy got into the story, the more emotional and angry she got.  She accused Ken of habitually blaming others for his failures, and ended by saying, “I’m sick and tired of being the target for Ken’s incompetence.  He’s nothing but a blowhard and a jerk.”  She then thanked Mindy for allowing her to vent and ran off to her next meeting. Continue reading

The Trouble with Triangles

The Trouble with TrianglesYou will all recognize the story.  Deanna has a problem with Jerome, but instead of talking to Jerome, she complains to Rachel.  Plop!  Deanna’s problem just got transferred to Rachel, who more than likely wants nothing to do with it.  By making her two-way problem into a three-way issue, Deanna has begun the infamous game of Triangulation. Continue reading