Robin Kessler - Competency Speaker and HR Consultant

Set new goals to stretch in 2011

In Uncategorized on December 28, 2010 at 10:33 pm

With the end of 2010 just three days away, we all need to be thinking about our goals for this next year.

Consider trying to develop at least one professional goal for 2011 that:

  1. Is a true stretch for you,
  2. Is a new goal that you’ve never set before,
  3. Develops key competencies to a noticeably higher level, and
  4. Has the potential to truly impact your department and your organization.

Interestingly, I had lunch today with Joe Gorczyca, who is VP of Human Resources at BMC Software in Houston. Joe is one of the people in the HR world who tends to be interested in the latest thinking, and he was one of the experts I quoted in Competency-Based Interviews.

I asked him for his advice on setting goals in 2011, and he helped me develop the list I’m using in this blog. I asked Joe for permission to share his own stretch goal  for 2011, and he agreed to let me use it.

His goal? Improve his understanding of his company’s business model. When we talked about his goal, I asked him how that would improve his own performance. He agreed that a clearer way to explain his goal was to improve his understanding of the business model and use that understanding to set better goals for his department with more direct business impact.

One of my goals for 2011 is to do more consulting and training internationally. Competencies are used throughout the world, and most competency-based human resources models can be implemented more effectively if managers and employees learn to focus on recognizing competency-based accomplishments that contribute to their organization’s success.

What is your stretch goal for 2011? Start seriously thinking about it! You have three days left in 2010.

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