Sometimes, developing and agreeing on goals for your business is the quick and easy part of business activity. However, particularly when projects extend into the long term, the difficulty of accurately monitoring progress and ensuring that everyone is on track increases.
If this is something you and your company have been tripping up on lately, here are five methods you can try adopting to make the path towards your business goals an easier one to tread.
1. Be Well Educated
In order to truly be successful in business, you need to know what you are doing – and the foundation of this is a high-quality, relevant education. Organisations such as Predictable Success make the sharing of models for organisational development, business growth and effective leadership their key business. If you are looking to understand and implement simple, proven ways to execute and achieve your business goals, the services and programs of such an organisation are well worth the investment of time and money.
2. Use Visual Aids to Mark Progress
Although enormous thermometers might be too simplistic, there is still much to be said for visual reminders that help everyone to know the progress that has been made (and still needs to be made) in pursuit of defined business goals. Visual aids and reminders have a purpose – they can stimulate action and a sense of urgency when progress is lagging, and create enthusiasm, passion and commitment when achievement of a goal is close. When visual aids are shared and made public with team members, extra motivation is often noted.
3. Secure the Buy-In of Your Team by Having Them Set Their Own Goals
Project success is often determined by the amount of buy-in of all of the team. As opposed to setting goals and telling your team(s) what they are, taking your teams through an exercise where they define and set their own project goals can be immensely beneficial. When your team members set and commit to goals, they are more invested and more likely to be dedicated to the achievement of these goals.
4. Seek Weekly Updates to Keep Your Teams Accountable
By requesting weekly updates from your teams, you send a strong message to your staff that you are also invested in and care about the progress being made – not just the end result. Asking for weekly updates also gives your staff the opportunity to seek information and ask questions as and when appropriate. Ultimately, this helps to improve the quality of the project and supports the achievement of your business goals.
5. Share the Context and Role in the Bigger Picture
As a leader, you need to be a strategic thinker capable of thinking short and long term. A proven way to get the best from your staff and teams, and to secure their buy-in and work towards your business goals, is to share the context that underpins every task and how it contributes to the ultimate solution or bigger picture. Particular software programs are especially effective for tracking long- and short-term progress and for guiding meetings and updates.
The achievement of business goals can seem like an insurmountable task. But there are some quite straightforward and practical ways to achieve your business goals. These quite often involve sharing the load with your team members and gaining their support and commitment to the tasks required.