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A Leader's Job One -- Set the Right Goals to Make Helpful Breakthroughs

Jan 2, 2008
Everyone wants breakthroughs in performance, but few know how to find them. It all begins with goals. Most organizations have inappropriate ones that aren't tied to what the organization should be working on.

What kind of goals do most organizations have? If you sample what gets published, you'll mostly find goals related to meeting a financial budget. If that budget includes not developing improvements for the future, such a budget can just be a way to pay management for slowing going out of business.

What, then, should be your organization's goals? I encourage you to lift your thoughts to not only making great strides now, but to creating the foundation for even greater strides in the future, for current and future generations of stakeholders (customers, users, distributors, employees, partners, suppliers, lenders, investors, neighbors, the communities in which you operate).

I challenge you to include some important breakthroughs into your goals, breakthroughs that will launch you ahead of the competitive pack.

Here are the questions you need to ask, to answer, and to consistently act on to start creating breakthrough solutions:

1. What habits does your organization have now that could lead it to be derailed by success from creating a permanent breakthrough solution organizational culture?

2. How can you use the breakthrough solution process to overcome those habits?

3. For your organization to gain the most from your learning, who should you begin to teach about stallbusting (overcoming bad habits) and breakthrough solutions?

4. Which process in your organization is the right one to begin focusing on to apply what you've learned?

5. What are your organizational and personal objectives for helping others learn these ways of thinking and acting?

6. What are your personal objectives for employing the benefits you'll gain from overcoming stalled thinking and using the eight-step process outside of your work?

Just as a reminder, here is the eight-step process for making breakthroughs:

1. Understand the importance of measuring performance.

2. Decide what to measure.

3. Identify the future best practice and measure it.

4. Implement beyond the future best practice.

5. Identify the ideal best practice.

6. Pursue the ideal best practice.

7. Select the right people and provide the right motivation.

8. Repeat the first seven steps.

You can use these questions to help evolve into a self-actualized person who can guide companies and organizations to overcome the stalls that keep them from becoming self-actualized as well. In the process, the organization will find itself focusing on more profound and satisfying purposes.

When the breakthrough solution process is applied broadly through the world, we'll all enjoy improved health, happiness, peace, and prosperity. We, our loved ones, family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, those we serve, and our descendants will be enormously glad we did.
About the Author
Donald Mitchell is an author of seven books including Adventures of an Optimist, The 2,000 Percent Squared Solution, The 2,000 Percent Solution, and The 2,000 Percent Solution Workbook. Read about creating breakthroughs through 2,000 percent solutions and receive tips by e-mail by registering for free at

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