"I press on toward the goal to win the prize
for which God has called me heavenward in
Christ Jesus" - Philippians 3:14.
This verse gives you the anatomy of a goal. The first concept is that a goal helps leaders to press on. That means there is something pressing against the organization - resistance to change, economic concerns, uncertainty - and the goal helps the leader and her team press back with greater force and energy so progress can be made. Goals harnass energy and that energy can be used to overcome the inertia and obstacles that oppose change and achievement.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Is your team clear on the goals you are pursuing? Are you clear and precise? Do you have goals to help you 'press on'? Meet with your team, your family or maybe just spend some time alone and determine if you have the kind of clarity of goals and direction that has everyone pulling in the same direction. If not, then it's time to go back to the vision and set goals to help achieve that end.