Why managers do not achieve their objectives

3 smart tips to work effectively
PostedNovember 27, 2013, in  Step 3: self assessment
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Every day managers face distractions that make achieving their objectives and targets more difficult. Going from one meeting to another, receiving new email all the time, being active on social media. A continuous avalanche of information, however the agreed targets must be achieved ... Get acquainted with the top 3 reasons why managers fail to meet their objectives and tips & tricks to tackle them.

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Reason 1: It is unclear what needs to be achieved

It is not clear what the ultimate direction is and why the objectives need to be achieved. If an objective is not worthy, not thought through, vague, illogical or just bad, no one will feel compelled to go for it. The enthusiasm, motivation and commitment to achieve the objective will be absent. But an objective can also be too difficult, too easy, too much, too short-term, or simply not worth the effort. So, know very well why the objective needs to be achieved.

Reason 2: The results are not sufficiently monitored

Distractions are always lurking about, every day. As a result, the focus on the main purpose disappears. Continuously monitor the achieved results: where did we come from and where are we going? Exactly what is the purpose and what actions are taken to achieve this objective? And keep in mind the potential risks. In short, know what to do, what the challenges are, what the current result is and what still remains to be done to achieve the objective.  

Reason 3: Little is learned from mistakes

A common error: not taking enough time to evaluate whether an objective is achieved. Evaluate regularly, just plan for it! If anything goes wrong, change your course. If the approach, the plan, the tactic do not work, then change or stop it. Do not waste time and money on something that does not work, just because it was expected to work and time and money has been invested in it. Is 'Plan B' available that can be put in place instead? Obstacles? Crisis? Be creative and find a solution!

The solution: using RADAR = achieving objectives

The above tips can make a significant contribution to achieving objectives. But man is a creature of habit and it is often difficult to ultimately change. How do you ensure that working towards objectives is continued successfully? The answer: RADAR. RADAR is a practical tool that gives you insight into your work processes. RADAR can be applied in any type of organisation and is ideally suited to identify the improvements required to continuously meet the objectives.

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PostedNovember 27, 2013, in Step 3: self assessment
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