What every leader needs to know about goal setting
from By: Roberta Matuson (commentary)
Have you ever had a goal that you thought was unattainable? How'd you feel? Demoralized is the word that comes to mind. Yet companies continue to set what they call "stretch goals," thinking that if they set the target slightly out of the reach of an employee, employees will miraculously muster up the energy to hit these targets. This sort of thinking is entirely wrong. If you're like most people, you look at a task that seems like a stretch and think, "I stand a better chance of reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro than I do scaling this goal. Why bust my butt on something I know is out of my reach?"
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