Issue (5)

Setting goals for personal life and career are essential to motivate individuals to move forward. However, there are some ideas that would affect their view of how to achieve these goals. Moreover, the successful leader is the one who can not only achieve his or her goals but also encourage others to accomplish their own aims. Furthermore, I would argue that I find that networking is important in attaining the desired goals.

The Collins’s article from HBR is might affect your views about your goals. I would explain more the effects of this article on the idea of setting your own aims.  The article is suggesting an excellent way of transforming goals that seem unattainable into outcomes. The author is defining the main aspects of this way of thinking and acting. The first aspect is that you can achieve the required outcomes when you choose unusual path to achieve them. In other words, the creativity is the solution to reach your goals rather than bureaucracy. The second aspect is to spread power in the organization that will assist in attaining the desired goals. Thirdly, the goals should have their own power to become reality. The fourth aspect is that the leader needs to choose the suitable people who will be able to accomplish the desired goals. The last aspect is the way of getting goals should ensure that it will have the same effect on the long term. The two issues that affected the way I think about goals are that the goals you are looking for are not the problem but the real problem is how to make them happen. The other important issue is that the process of achieving goals is not the leader or manager job only but it is the result of the efforts of the whole organization.

The leader should be active listener to the people he or she leads. The leader has to understand what motivate them and what prevent them from going on to achieve their goals. In addition, the leader should be able to communicate effectively with others to comprehend their concerns and stimulate them to move forward to accomplish the goals they are looking for. Furthermore, the leader has to be able to realize that the success of others in attaining their goals is a success for him or her. The leader should be build strong relationships with others to assist them in developing their own path to achieve the desired outcomes as well.  Moreover, the leader should create a positive environment that encourages others to work harder to get their goals. It is important to promote change in the procedures that motivate others to adopt new ways of achieving the required outcomes. It is equally essential to assist others in becoming innovative in solving problems because it will pave the way to their goals (Basadur, 2004).

I would think that networking is a key to succeed in the future as it was in the past. I believe that there are several reasons for seeking the assistance of others in achieving my goals. The network adds knowledge from other people to my knowledge which provides me with a great sum of information necessary for finding my way to attain my goals. Furthermore, the others views are providing different angles of view of a certain issue or problem thus allowing for more understanding of the best way to solve the challenge or deal with the concern. It is argued that networking is a tool for advancing at work and advocating for new initiatives and projects. Building network is essential in representing yourself and connecting to others which will give a strong push toward achieving my goals (DiMicco et al., 2008). Nevertheless, it should be clear that networking is not an alternative to hard work and personal commitment. The success in accomplishment of my goals is based mainly on solid self-preparation and high performance.

In conclusion, the HBR article proved that the path to follow to achieve goals is as important as the goals themselves. In addition, it is clear that the leader has to have some crucial skills to guide others to reach their required outcomes. Finally, the networking is a good policy to be followed in moving forward in the direction of achieving my aims.


Issue Prepared by : THE PEAK Business Research Center ,

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Basadur, Min (2004) ‘Leading others to think innovatively together: Creative leadership’, The Leadership Quarterly 15 103–121

Collins, J. (1999) ‘Turning Goals into Results: The Power of Catalytic Mechanisms‘, Harvard Business Review, 77 (4) pp.70-82, 184

Joan DiMicco, David R. Millen, Werner Geyer, Casey Dugan, Beth Brownholtz, Michael Muller (2008) ‘Motivations for Social Networking at Work’ available at: (accessed: 21/3/2014)




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