“It is the possibility of having a dream come true that keeps life interesting” – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
Efficiency, Effectiveness and Expertise- The 3 Es most dynamic entities (especially ecosystems such as organisations) strive for. And yet, this triad fails to be realized without a fourth E- Energy!
Physics (and Oxford) define energy as the strength and vitality required for sustained physical or mental activity. The keyword here is ‘sustained’. Most of us can identify with the fact that while it is to a degree, possible to inject doses of confidence and motivation periodically, it is extremely difficult to just do it once and expect it to sustain. Like bathing, it is recommended daily! And like bathing, most people skip a day or two!
A daily dose of motivation is an operational utopia and can be realized to some extent by empowering each one to take ownership of their daily tasks!
With a mindset of creating supercharged employees who know the directions they have chosen and are confident enough to consult a map or a fellow traveler when they get lost, we started with a series of highly interactive sessions of SMART goal setting with a powerful nomenclature- Get, Set, Goal!
The first part of the series was a knowledge sharing session wherein the participants were made aware of SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time bound). Each entity of the acronym was discussed in lucrative detail, ensuring that everybody was on the same page about what goals actually are. Removal of vagueness and redundancy in goals remained a prime focus so that generic ideas like “I want to grow my career” were not confused with the specifics of goal setting.
The second session included a hands on activity that required the participants to divide their responsibilities logically and create their own workflows. These sessions were insightful as our assets now came to their office with a chronological and semantic understanding of their contribution to the growth of the organization. It was heartening to observe employees take ownership of their work and to milk this further in their favour, a third session was started that saw employees being put into teams
that were expected to discuss, debate and form a list of goals for each one of the members. These goals, in addition to being SMART, were punctuated as short-term, long-term and immediate goals.
The entire premise was abuzz with activity as employees from different teams sat together at lunch and other breaks and put their heads and hearts into the pursuit of setting their own goals.
The module concluded with these teams presenting their goals to their comrades and competing for the “best content” and “best presentation” titles.
At the end of these sessions, our employees had upskilled themselves in the art of defining outcomes and destinations and the strength for seeking direction when need be!