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Being Smarter with MARS Goals in 2014 

As we hurtle towards the end of another calendar year many of us will consider whether we’ve met, exceeded or fallen short of achieving our goals. The Christmas / New Year break provides an opportunity to review what’s gone, look ahead at what may be to come, and set new or revised goals for the year ahead.

'SMART' goals - those that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and and Time-based - have been considered one of the best ways of setting goals for more than 30 years, and for good reason: setting SMART goals usually works! However, they're not necessarily motivating for all of us, so as you look towards 2014 consider supplementing or replacing them with 'MARS' goals. These are goals that are:

Motivating - ‘Measurable’ goals are all well and good, but far better to have goals that are truly motivating, for you and your team. If a goal’s not motivating, it’s almost a given that measuring achievement towards it will result in less than inspiring results.

Advancing - If you limit yourself to setting only ‘achievable’ goals you run the risk of closing off apparently unattainable outcomes that are, in fact, quite possible, if seemingly unattainable. Whereas if you take steps that help you advance towards your ultimate goal all possibilities are kept in play.

Relevant - Like ‘achievable’, ‘realistic’ goals can limit both your thinking and your progress. Instead, making sure goals are ‘relevant’ will keep you motivated and on-track as you continually assess what’s truly important to achieving your goal in the fast-paced, ever-changing and distracting world we live in.

Shared - Make sure your goals align with, or support the goals of others, and vice-versa. That way everyone’s efforts are amplified and you’ll achieve your goals quicker, and more effectively, than ‘going it alone’. Sharing a goal also makes it harder to back away from, so spread the word and gain buy-in all round.

The acronym ‘MARS’ is also a great reminder that, like the strap-line for the chocolate bar that ran from the late 1950s through to the mid 1980s, MARS goals can help us achieve what we want to achieve - at work, rest and play - in a tailored, enjoyable way.

So if you didn’t achieve all you wanted to this year, or are considering new goals for 2014, think ‘smart’ and use MARS to make 2014 your best year ever.

Copyright Hannah Samuel. All rights reserved. Originally published in Reputationz News December 2013 by Hannah Samuel.

Help beyondblue evaluate a new online resource for leaders

Good morning

We are seeking leaders to participate in an important beyondblue and University of Tasmania research project that aims to trial a new beyondblue online resource. This resource is designed to equip organisational leaders with the knowledge and skills to promote a mentally healthy culture within their workplace.

More than one million Australians experience depression each year, with depression currently a leading cause of lost productivity in the workplace. Despite this, depression is generally not managed well by organisations. It is rare that skills training on this issue is built into leadership education programs.

Results from this study will evaluate a new beyondblue online resource for leaders and help to promote mental health awareness as a key component of leadership development.

Participation in this study will involve completing 3 short (10mins) online surveys over 6 months and you may be asked to complete the online resource (approx. 30-40mins) and participate in a short (15 mins) phone interview.

If you would like to participate in this study, or just find out more, click here

Please forward this information to other leaders in your organisation and your network.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this important study.

Kind regards

This does the rounds for a lot of workplace training I’m sure. Still brings a smile to my face. The company that it was made for must love the ongoing viral marketing.

The seven deadly sins of presenting with slides

by Dominic Wells
There is an increasing expectation for organisational professionals to communicate using slide-ware technology such as PowerPoint, Keynote and Prezzi, all great tools for enhancing our message. Yet we have all sat through presentations where technology takes over working against the presenter and amongst the fumbling and mumbling the message is lost.

Enhance your message, improve credibility and connect with your audience by avoiding these seven deadly sins of presenting with slides:
1. Rely on technology
Batteries go flat, software crashes, lights go out and speakers breakdown, we all know it and yet we rarely give ourselves enough time to set up, test and re-test our presentation tools.
2. Read your slides
Slides are fantastic, we love them for their ability to enhance the spoken word but they are not The Message itself. Reading your slides will kill your, credibility and engagement, please don’t do it!
3. Dim the lights
Low light sends us a subconscious signal to relax and prepare for sleep, probably not the emotional state you want your audience in! Wherever possible set your room with natural light that doesn’t glare the screen.
4. Appoint a ‘Slider’
A Slider is a person who is asked to press the ‘enter’ key to move the slides on your behalf. Lovely people but a complete distraction and incapable of working in sync with your natural rhythm. Insist on a wireless slider clicker, discreet and highly effective.
5. Deliver a monologue
Effective communication is a two way street. Where possible move away from your slides, even blank the screen to engage with your audience.
6. Get stuck in the mud
Being conscious of the projector light is a good thing but don’t get physically stuck in one position while trying to avoid a shadow on the screen.
7. Using your slides as a prompt
If you don’t know what slide is next you will fall into the ‘click, pause, deliver’ trap where you are reliant on your slides for what to say next. Know your stuff and create verbal segways between slides to deliver consistency and flow.

Creating a workplace that really works

A common refrain is, “We have to do more with less.” A common result is feelings among employees of overload and burnout. With higher demands and fewer resources, what’s the solution?

Tony Schwartz, CEO of the Energy Project and a contributor to HBR’s Blog Network, sees the key as energizing the workplace through “sustainable engagement.” This requires that organizations shift from the traditional focus on getting more out of people to investing instead in meeting people’s core needs so they are freed, fueled, and inspired to deliver sustainable high performance.

Tune in now to hear Schwartz describe what sustainable engagement is, why it matters, and how organizations can create it.


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