Goals can drive you hairy or you can even have hairy goals.
Dr. Z. encourages you to have hope rather than goals. Because who ever wants to hear someone say to them, “you haven’t got a hope.” And nobody ever says, “you gotta be hag!”
Perhaps you have heard of a BHAG – Big Hairy Audacious Goal!
Collins and Porras defined a BHAG as:
A true BHAG is clear and compelling, serves as unifying focal point of effort, and acts as a clear catalyst for team spirit. It has a clear finish line, so the organization can know when it has achieved the goal; people like to shoot for finish lines.” (Collins and Porras, 1996).
Dr. Z recomends just the opposite – a SBEH – Small Bald Easy Hopes. Here are the benefits:
- Small: When you think of it at the end of small is the word all – small is all you need.
- Bald: Keep the hair out of the goal and have the fantastic association of soaring with Bald Eagles.
- Easy: Easy does it, why make work any harder than it is. Also this will give you plenty of time to goof off because the goal will not take much time to achieve.
- Hope: Why set goals when you can live on hope?
So rather than state : I will be the top widget guy in the world go with hope. Here is a hope statement. I hope I can keep these widgets being made and I hope I have a job tomorrow. And shoot for the finish line – this is Dr. Z’s finish line – so carry on leading, loving, learning and being lazy.
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