When we set goals, we’re taught to make them specific and measurable and time-bound. But it turns out that those characteristics are precisely the reasons goals can backfire. A specific, measurable, time-bound goal drives behavior that’s narrowly focused and often leads to either cheating or myopia. Yes, we often reach the goal, but at what cost?
The reality is, in most cases no one will be there to give you permission to act. To try. To succeed. And to fail. No one will take you by the hand and say, “Now it’s time. You’re ready.” No one will be so sure to say, “Don’t worry, you won’t fail.” No one will lay their hand on yours as you click that submit button, as you fill out that form, as you sign up for that chance, as you raise your hand.
Thus, living into our legacy inspires multiple directions. What we leave behind is important but the purpose of this life is to learn and grow through our own experiences. This means we be willing to live into a bright future. To do otherwise is to grow old and die. Yes we will cross the finish line someday, but the notable energy levels of one who crosses in wholeness compared to those who cross in oldness is quite remarkable.
A primary tool in designing work and structure is job evaluation. The methods used today were created in the mid-1950’s and haven’t changed much since then. Their core assumptions are directly derived from, and have helped embed,…