When I was in the US Air Force, I witnessed several examples of the downside of goal-setting. The structure of promotion often rewarded holding certain positions over the actual performance in the position. One example particularly sticks in my mind of a “fast burner,” or someone on the fast promotion track, who was shifted over
Only 15% of workers globally reported being engaged in their jobs. That’s a leadership crisis that requires Soft Power Skills to solve.
In today’s world, much of the effort to motivate others is based on an outdated model of carrots and sticks. Extrinsic rewards often do very little to satisfy, and may even damage, our deeper psychological needs of Autonomy, Relatedness, and Competency. Dive in to understand our critical needs, why autonomy and meaning in work is so essential, and how extrinsic rewards can interfere with achieving competency.
Setting goals can be the first step of turning dreams into reality. We’ll see more success when we set the right goals properly and use these principles to achieve them.
Leaders make things matter when they enable relatedness and show that they care.