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  • It’s Time To Start Sticking To The Goals

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    The hardest part about setting a goal is sticking to it. Sure your first couple days are motivating and filled with excitement, but what about two weeks down the road when you're feeling tired and annoyed. Here are some tips for sticking to goals in the workplace, courtesy of Susan Adams of Forbes:

    It’s not easy to become a medical school professor if you’re a woman. Only 34% of med school faculty members are female, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). That daunting statistic is one of the reasons Nadine Katz, senior associate dean, professor and director of medical education in the department of obstetrics, gynecology and women’s health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York City, got interested in helping aspiring female med school professors achieve their goals.Katz has taught a leadership course at AAMC for the last eight years. One of the themes she covers: how to pick and stick to career goals.

    Her strategy has proved effective in the medical realm, but she has also found that it applies to any profession and regardless of your gender.

    The first step, according to Katz: Take full responsibility for your career. You may be sailing along with tons of support from your colleagues, your family and your boss. But you need to take hold of your future. “Your success and your promotion should be your focus,” she says. “When you choose projects and you get involved in service work or committees, there should be a strategy to that,” she adds. Too many of us get swept up entirely in day-to-day matters, she observes.

    She recommends several kinds of exercises for assessing your skills and setting goals. If you want to eventually rise to a leadership position, try an online leadership assessment tool (search for “leadership self assessment” and you’ll find a slew of free ones). Ask yourself these questions: Do I motivate other people? Do I build relationships? Do I manage conflict well? Do I delegate appropriately? Do I communicate goals and expectations clearly?

    You might decide you’d rather be a team member than a leader. That’s part of assessing your skills and strengths, Katz says. Look at what energizes you, what makes you feel fulfilled.

    She likes the idea of setting short-, intermediate- and long-term goals. The short term would be one to three years, the medium three to five. The long term looks much further out. Getting clear on your short-term goal can help you evaluate whether to volunteer for a committee or take on an extra work assignment. Will that new responsibility help you get where you want to go?

    Katz is also big on mentors. If your goal is to move up within your organization or company, find someone who has already climbed the ladder, and ask for help charting your course.

    Katz also likes an exercise called “histories of the future,” originated by the Center for Applied Research, a management consulting outfit. Project where you want to be a decade from now. Then imagine what you’ll have had to do to get there. What awards did you win? What steps did you take? If you can find a colleague or mentor to talk through this exercise with you, all the better.

    Read more at Forbes

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