Posts Tagged ‘goals’

BOOM…and we’re back!  Hello 2021! 

Written by Michelle Mook on . Posted in Sunflower Diaries

Time to set amazing, challenging, and fun goals.  Whether they are business goals, personal goals, or team goals, take some time to really think about what it is you want to achieve this year.  We always have our annual goal setting session at the start of the year and are already feeling inspired and excited about what we want to achieve together.   

Why is it important to set goals? 

  • It gives you direction and a focus
  • It provides a sense of purpose
  • You will be motivated to achieve it 
  • You will gain a sense of achievement when you take each small step 
  • Each small success builds up your momentum 
  • Your self-belief about your capabilities will grow and who knows what that will lead too! 

How to set your goals 

  • Take some time to reflect on the year before – your successes, challenges and learnings and what will you take forward into 2021. 
  • Visualise the end of 2021. What would you have like to have achieved by that point? 
  • Capture your vision in picture form or words.
  • Think about all the different steps to achieve the goal(s).
  • Start to place these different steps on a timeline.
  • Check each milestone you place on the timeline is achievable and realistic (if they are not you may give up on your goals throughout the year, believing it’s not possible!). 
  • Look back at your goals – make sure they excite you. 
  • Place your goals somewhere where you can revisit them regularly – and hold yourself to account to deliver! 
If you would like help finding your direction, focus and goals, or holding you to account it may be worth considering coaching.  Working confidentially with a coach can help you establish your goals and how you can work towards achieving them.  Often the first step is the hardest, but when you work with someone else, through conversation, the answers you are looking for often appear in front of your eyes.  If you would like to find out more about coaching, contact us at  Don’t forget about funding they you may be eligible for too.  Up to 40% if you are in the Leeds City Region.  Click here for more. 

How well do you listen?

Written by Michelle Mook on . Posted in Sunflower Diaries

Listening We were really excited to hold another of our Employee Engagement workshops yesterday. People often ask us what we mean by Employee Engagement. The definition we like to use is “a workplace approach designed to ensure that employees are committed to their company’s goals and values, motivated to contributing to success and able at the same time to enhance their own sense of wellbeing”. This can be simplified to setting the right workplace conditions to help people to ‘be their best’. One of the most important things we can do is to really listen to people. Feeling that you are listened to is important, but to really engage people we need to go even deeper, do we really listen to understand people?

How do we demonstrate that we really understand people? Not through an annual appraisal according to recent CIPD research. Many companies are moving away from the traditional appraisal to an emphasis on a continuous development dialogue and high-quality conversations and feedback. Managers need to be supported in how to have rich conversations, including giving and receiving honest feedback. One of the greatest gifts you can give your people is time for them to talk and for you to listen to them, to understand them and to find out what really motivates them and how they like to feel valued and recognised. We often practice selective listening, or we listen to respond, to move our own agenda forward. Listening to understand is completely different. We listen with our eyes as well as our ears, and by really listening, we give the other person time to think. Stephen Covey calls this giving people ‘psychological air’. It’s rare but powerful and can make a real difference to engagement not just in the workplace but with friends and family too. We often find when we run employee engagement projects, that when we interview people and ask questions of how engaged they are at work and really truly listen to them, people will often tell us that it is the first time they have felt anyone has really “heard them” and will tell us that they have found it really helpful just being able to talk. Next time you sit down for a chat, think about the quality of your own listening, and take time to listen to understand – it can be very engaging! We’d love to know what difference it makes.

To find out more about our Employee Engagement projects including surveys and interviews click here. To find out how to support your managers to have honest conversations and to give and receive feedback, click here.

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Setting Goals

Written by Michelle Mook on . Posted in Sunflower Diaries

Have you thought about setting your goals for 2016 yet? goals for 2016

Is it one of those things you know you should do but never get around to?

Well it’s time to break the habit and write something down as according to a study done at Dominican University, those who wrote down their goals accomplished significantly more than those who did not!

So how do you start?

Think about

  • Your biggest learning in the last 12 months.
  • What are you going to do differently in 2016?
  • What you want to achieve next in 2016?
  • What do you want to be saying about your achievements in December?

Challenge for you!

Once you’ve reflected, take some time out to write down some personal SMART goals for 2016.

Then ask yourself …
  • Have I limited myself?
  • What could get in my way?
  • Am I excited by the goals?
  • How can I make sure that I achieve my goals?

Quote It’s a dream until you write it down, and then it’s a goal. -Anonymous