Set Your Own Targets

Managers spend an average of 37 percent of their workday dealing with poor performers and bad behaviors. Imagine how much would be available for raises and bonuses if that hole in the bottom of the bucket wasn’t creating the need for cutting what is available for payroll!

Taking responsibility for your attitude and results is the fastest way to a promotion, a raise, and a life of sanity and abundance.

First, understand that you choose your attitude moment by moment. Just because life isn’t perfect—and it never is—that doesn’t give us the right to pout, sabotage, hold back, or otherwise give free rein to our destructive behaviors.

Next, you must take responsibility for getting a crystal-clear understanding of your critical drivers and report on those on a weekly basis. Ideally this starts by looking at your job description, but a lot of positions simply don’t have them. And even if they do, they often lack critical drivers and clear targets.

Not sure what your targets should be? Lay out what you THINK the targets are, get agreement from your boss, then take aim and fire. You won’t get a bull’s-eye every time. Just demonstrate integrity and transparency by letting your boss know what you hit, what you missed, and what your corrective action plan is to improve your aim.

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