2 Suggestions on How to Set Your Goals in the Workplace Next Year

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You don’t have to be from Detroit and grow up with the automotive influence like me to be familiar with Henry Ford’s famous quote:

‘If you always do what youve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.’

Yet, that is exactly what most of us will be doing in January when it comes to setting our goals and new year’s resolutions. If you like what you got this year, then perhaps doing more of the same is exactly what you should do.

However, if you are focused on new goals such as:

  • how your business is going to keep or achieve a better competitive advantage
  • how you can add greater value to your business
  • seeking ways to improve the way your business operates
  • making your business more profitable

Then you most likely can’t rely on everything you did this year.  Something must change.  And the most control you have over what to change is to change yourself.

Now we know changing ourselves is not easy.

This year, 2 resources emerged in my world that have been game changers for me and helped make it easier for the clients who have used them to achieve their goals in the workplace.  Below is a quick snapshot of each of them and quick ways you can digest the main ideas.

Take a few minutes to check each of these out and support yourself to try something  new about the way you set yourself up for success in 2016.

The One Thing, Gary Keller


What’s the ONE Thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary? In the number one Wall Street Journal bestseller, Gary Keller has identified that behind every successful person is their ONE Thing. No matter how success is measured, personal or professional, only the ability to dismiss distractions and concentrate on your ONE Thing stands between you and your goals. The ONE Thing is about getting extraordinary results in every situation.


This book will challenge your beliefs about goals and debunk the myths you hold about your capacity to achieve them.  The ideas are “sticky” which help keep them top of mind.  The ideas for execution are make sense and doable.

Executive Book Summary


YouTube Summary

Triggers, Marshall Goldsmith


Bestselling author and world-renowned executive coach Marshall Goldsmith examines the environmental and psychological triggers that can derail us at work and in life. Goldsmith shows how we can overcome the trigger points in our lives, and enact meaningful and lasting change. Change, no matter how urgent and clear the need, is hard. Knowing what to do does not ensure that we will actually do it.


Goldsmith is credible to me because he has worked in the trenches with leaders from Kellogg’s to Ford Motor and knows what the real world of leadership entails.  He has been a student and teacher of human behavior and this book is a great compilation of best practices for every day leaders.  Goldsmith lays out a strategy for setting and monitoring goals that most of us have never done before, and works!

Executive Book Summary


YouTube Summary

Why I Recommend These:

  • Both authors ground their ideas in brain science and years of experience working on changing behavior in the work place which makes their work very credible and practical – values I hold dearly.
  • Both models dove tail beautifully with the Enneagram personality system, the system I use with my clients to help them understand their motivations and triggers which both bodies of work talk about but don’t help you know about your own operating system.
  • Knowing why you do things is the launch pad for applying new ideas and practices to change things you want to change.

Email me and I can help you learn more about the Enneagram or take a look around my blog for resources to get you started!

Don’t wait for January to arrive before thinking about how you are going to set yourself to achieve your goals in the most optimal way in 2016.

What goals are you trying to reach for next year? Tell us below!

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