We all know someone who has a great idea to help people. They rally support, cast a vision, and recruit a few people to help them do the work. They start their mission of love and compassion and then they want to know why they aren’t getting the results they expected.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve read something on the internet, especially on social media, and your emotions wanted so much to believe it, you took it at face value later to find out it was false.
When you were in high school or college you learned the SMART acronym for goal setting. Your goals are supposed to be Specific, Measurable, Achievable (or Agreed Upon), Realistic, and Time-bound. SMART goals are still taught in schools, seminars, and other places as the standard model for goal setting. The most innovation SMART goals have encountered in decades is where an extra ER was added to the back end to make SMARTER goals, which includes ethical and recorded.
“What if” is probably the most overused phrase for people who aren’t actually going to do anything. We think we are to using it proactively to anticipate possible problems, but we know we can’t predict every possible “what if” scenario. We use it to pontificate other people who aren’t doing something without any thought to the fact that when asking “what if?” the person asking isn’t doing anything about it either. So, what if we stopped what iffing and actually did something?
I like to do word association questions with people when I interview them. By that I mean that I provide a word and the interviewee responds with the first thing that comes to mind.
I enjoy it because it gives me a lot of information about the person without them knowing what I really want. There truly is no right or wrong answer with me on word association. (more…)