What are strategies to achieving goals?

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Prioritize

Focus your resources where they make the biggest difference. Real priorities mean choosing out things of great importance, even though it is difficult.

Set a clear goal

Select and highlight a single concrete goal to clarify what you are going to achieve. Create commitment to the strategy by continuously following up on the goal.

Identify the challenge

Think about what obstacles stand in the way of reaching the goal and find the challenge that you judge to be the most important. By focusing the strategy on that challenge, the possibilities for real change increase.

Make a diagnosis

Analyze the chosen challenge and make a thoughtful diagnosis of what the problem is. Consider alternative explanatory models and make an active decision about which one you choose.

Make strategic decisions

Make an assessment of which strategic path choices are most effective for reaching your goal. Start from your diagnosis and your unique strengths and find a solution for how you will handle the challenge.

Include activities

Make sure the strategy leads to action by including concrete activities that move you closer to the goal. By getting concrete right away, you reduce the risk that the strategy will become a shelf warmer.

Keep it simple

Use simple language that can be understood by as many people as possible. The more employees who really understand and appreciate the strategy, the greater your chances of success.

Tell the world

Tie yourself to the mast by communicating your overall path choices externally. Then you improve the conditions for the strategy to also have an impact internally.

Mission internally

Anchor the strategy repeatedly in all relevant internal contexts. The main message of the strategy should be repeated often and over a long period of time to gain a foothold in the organization.

Do an annual review

Evaluate and update the strategy once a year. Discuss, analyze and reflect on your path choices and consider changing the concrete activities.

Dare to be flexible

Since we constantly have our set goal in sight, it is important to dare to be flexible on the way there. When we choose the path to reach our goal, unexpected obstacles may appear on the way, which means that our ability to be flexible is a success factor. Through continuous follow-up on how things are going for us, we can decide on new measures to maximize our presentation and reach our goal. In other words, dare to be flexible!

To act in time

If we dare to be flexible, it increases the chance that we will act in time. In order to act in time, we need to continuously follow up on how we are doing. Every month follow up how you are doing given your set goal. In this way, you can act in time if your performance is not up to your set goal. Through continuous follow-up, we increase our chance of acting on time and thus reaching our goal.

To learn lessons

Dare to try and make sure we learn from the results. We will certainly encounter problems on the way to the set goal and then it is important to learn from it. Not only to avoid similar mistakes in the future but also to take the positive parts with them. That way, we can spread knowledge throughout the organization. Learn from your choices, both good and bad!

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