Goal setting to get where you want to go

My daughter is currently traveling around the world with her 7-year old daughter. Yes, my lucky grandchild (at this writing) is living in Madrid, Spain. I say lucky but my daughter didn't just wake up one morning and decide to get on an airplane and travel half way across the world without preparation. And if you want to succeed in business, you need to set some goals for yourself and utilize plenty of preparation otherwise what you build are pipedreams. I don't knock pipedreams but recognize them for what they are so that when you don't hit anything, you know you got exactly where you were aiming, which was nowhere. 

Preparation for a new job or anything in life means you need a plan, at least minimally. I'll use Jade as an example and some of her preparation:

What are the necessary steps? 

  • Get a Passport for her daughter?

  • Make an itinerary of places to visit?

  • Where is my money coming from?

  • Who needs to be a part of the plan?

  • When does the travel start?

So you want to move up the ladder?

What are some necessary questions (steps) you should be asking yourself or others?

  • When will the next opening happen? 
  • Do I meet the minimum qualifications? If not, what do I need to add so that I am eligible for that promotion?
  • Who can mentor me so that I know the "hidden barriers" that may prevent me from moving forward?
  • How do I increase my visibility in a way that positively influences people as opposed to turning them off?

One thing you can start now is to talk to people in the position you want to hold one day. When I started at my job, I asked Supervisors and Managers (once I got off probation), what it took to become a Supervisor and Manager. And in year one, I was already looking ahead to year 5 and 7, which are the years when I became a Supervisor and Manager. 

In year one, I took every Excel class offered since I knew that Managers did work on spreadsheets. Throughout the years prior to being promoted to Supervisor I took every developing leadership course that my company offered. And I didn't take the course, just to plump up my resume. I took the time to implement all the skills I was developing. When I took a course on leading a group, I got on a committee where I could be the facilitator.  

One skill I needed to develop was my lack of tact. This was brought to my attention years before when I was in the military. I was known to talk first, filter later and apologize if necessary. Now, with training and being more pro-active in my growth, I listen first, I don't jump to conclusions until I have all the facts, and even then I let others say what they see as a solution instead of solving everything myself first. It helps others to grow, it holds them accountability for the decisions they make and it helps them to collaborate on decisions instead of me doing all the work. 

Please put your goals on paper. Leaving them in your head makes it too easy to let other things take precedence. If leadership is your goal, you can get there.