Small goals: Working towards the big picture through small victories.

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Organizations suffering adversity may often get stuck in the trap of hopelessness and defeatism. The question most commonly asked may be, “Why?” This frame of mind and corporate culture can stifle progress and compromise an organization‘s viability. So what’s one strategy leaders can employ when the road ahead looks unbearable?

One thing that is required of leaders is the capacity to be creative and find new ways to meet the bottom line. Leaders are given tools, leverage and a team to get the job done. However, at a time when the world feels like it has been flipped on its top, the way things “have always been done” may not cut it.

Goals are living and breathing things that can change given an organization’s needs, the team member’s abilities and the leader’s chosen trajectory. When organization’s are in crisis mode, it’s important that goals adapt as a means to promote hope and revive passion within the team.

Leaders must keep the “big picture” in mind while using new strategies to turn the corner and make something positive out of adversity. Leaders must redefine what team members need to do to be successful. When things are really rough, highlight the most minute accomplishments.You don’t win the race without having first decided to compete, train and become familiar with the challenge. Crossing the victory line is the result of one of several successful accomplishments.

As a leader, break “winning” down to the smallest levels and figure out when to raise the stakes.

Does your team all show up to work on time? Acknowledge it and let them know how important and appreciated it is.

Set small goals for every day of the week. Keep things fresh. Give them small targets that they can achieve. Feeling good and doing good builds upon itself.

Revisit goals and get your team’s feedback. Don’t be afraid of the conversation. Don’t be afraid of failure. Retool. Implement. Revisit. Show your team that you are invested in their success. Give them resources. Determine their capability to perform. Determine their capacity to understand the challenge. Arrive at the goals together and climb that mountain. Keep their focus looking up. Slowly, but surely, you will be able to stand atop the last “greatest challenge”.

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