sponsored article from Phil Gray Consulting
A snapshot survey conducted just a few weeks before 2015 came to a close highlighted that many of us did not achieve all we set out to achieve in 2015. Remarkably, only 36% of leaders, managers and employees surveyed felt they achieved ‘all or almost all’ of what they wanted to achieve at work.
The results, taken from Leadership Management Australia’s 2015 Achievements Survey showed that around one-in-two (52%) achieved ‘half or more’ of what they had hoped to in 2015. The remaining 12% claimed to have achieved ‘less than half’ of what they intended (10%) or ‘very little/none’ of what they planned to achieve (2%).
According to those achieving at least some of what they wanted to, the Top 5 Contributors to Achievement were:
1. Clear targets / objectives (38%)
=2. Effective time management (35%)
=2. Support from team members / colleagues (35%)
4. Effective delegation (28%)
5. Structured goal setting and review (24%)
In contrast, those who fell short of achieving all or almost all of what they had hoped to cited the following as the Top 5 Factors Limiting Achievement:
1. Lack of management support (28%)
2. Insufficient access to resources / materials (26%)
3. Not controlling / managing interruptions (24%)
4. Insufficient access to staff / personnel (22%)
=5. Unclear targets / objectivesm (21%)
=5. Ineffective time management (21%)
(Note – respondents could nominate up to three contributing and three limiting factors)
LMA’s Executive Director of Strategy and Growth, Andrew Henderson surmises that “there’s a lot to be said for having clear targets,managing time well, delegating effectively and using structured goal setting to drive achievement.”
Based on these results, it seems that those who have achieved the most in 2015 have taken the time to plan the various aspects of their year.
“All too often, people at all levels of organisations just let the year happen to them. They wake up at the end of the year disappointed with the ways things turned out. Having a goal-directed plan, backed by a consistent approach to developing and supporting people at all levels of the organisation is essential to deliver exceptional results through people”, he said.
A central theme of PGC’s Accelerate Program is its approach to training and development. Monthly consultation can assist in regularly addressing the “Top 5 Factors Limiting Achievement” so that you don’t become part of the 64% that didn’t achieve all or almost all of what they set out to do. An external consultant can provide the required help to articulate goals and set realistic timeframes, and the necessary resources to achieve those goals. A consultant can also develop management skills for those who are responsible for a team, and develop strategies for all staff to be able to set clear objectives.
How is your station going to perform this year? Have you got a plan for you and your team for 2016? Do each of your staff have clear, written goals? Do you know if they have access to the right resources and the right staff? Is your station utilising the “Top 5 Contributors to Achievement”?
It’s not too late to be part of the achievers. April is here already so call Phil Gray Consulting now to discuss how we can work alongside you and your staff to ensure that in December this year you can be part of the 36%.
Call Phil Gray on 0403 308 855 or contact us www.philgrayconsulting.com
Data used in this article used with permission from LMA www.leadershipmanagement.com.au