It’s that time of the year again where we feel
obligated to create New Year’s resolutions which we may or may not keep.
While in our personal live we have these resolutions,
in our professional lives we call them goals or maybe even operational targets.
Call them whatever you want your inability to achieve them will look the same
if you don’t have some method to your madness. Here are some tips I can offer
to help, in fact they could apply to your resolutions as well.
If I have said it once I have probably said it
a thousand times, “keep it simple”. While a large process overhaul or
implementation may look great on a goals worksheet for your department you
really need to break it down into components which will have iterative success
which can be realized. In your operational day to day work life you might even
describe these as “agile”.
With small goals you will be able to validate
your successes far easier than in large ones. There could be a monthly
checkpoint to see “how we are doing”. Whatever you choose for a timeframe for
validation ensure that there is a consistent one which will show some results.
In some cases we may have not achieved anything for the month; however the
inability to achieve is a metric on its own and should be noted. The opportune
thing about small goals is that if we are not on target we can make course
corrections early on before we hit the proverbial iceberg like a titanic.
Something that might have previously been out
of our wheelhouse so to speak is the ability to communicate what we are doing
and what is going well and in some cases not so well. Many teams may naturally
feel the need to keep the details of what is going on close to them so that
they will not lose face. This is a habit we really need to get away from. We
are working towards achieving business outcomes (or should be) and so we should
leverage the input and support of a wider community to be able to do that.
Soliciting feedback and being transparent should be a strength rather than a
You may not have all the answers surprisingly
enough. Networking with those that have broken the trail before you can help
you to avoid potential pitfalls. In some cases you may not be able to share
information as it may be a security or proprietary concern, but where you can
learn from others. I also find that sharing what I have learned with others
allows me to see other issues I have been working on to gain more clarity.
As you move along it is likely that you will
have some obstacles. This is ok as long as we are able to learn from them. In
some cases we may even experience some setbacks which will impact our ability
to achieve the goals which were laid out at the start of the year. DO NOT GIVE
UP. If you have been communicating and tracking your work in small goals the
only real game changers should be something that may have a broader reach on
your business as well and discussing with them these challenges will keep you
on pace with your partners.
These are a couple of tips that I have provided
to ensure that your state at the end of the year isn’t 10 pounds heavier and
smoking 2 packs a day.
Feel free to share with me your tips on goal
setting for a successful year.
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Labels: Continual Service Improvement, CSI, ITIL, ITSM