This week we used the 4 Disciplines of Execution tool to develop a laser like focus over the coming year on the single biggest goal that teams have to achieve.
However, coming up with the right goals for teams was not easy. When I worked in the commercial world the target was clear and constantly reinforced: maximize return on the investment of the shareholder. Everything that we did had to be traceable back to that point.
If you have leadership responsibility for a team or organization here are a few questions that you can use to see if you are setting yourself the best Wildly Important Goals:
- What is the one thing that, at the end of the year we have to have seen happen, even if all the other things don’t happen as we might hope?
- What is the raison d’etre for your team? Does your Wildly Important Goal relate directly to the reason for existence of the team or the part of the organization for which the team is directly responsible?
- What is the Vision for the organization as it directly relates to me or my team?
This was not an easy exercise this week, but I hope that these questions help you identify the most important goals for your team.