3 Surprising Truths about Big Goals
Jim Collins explains the acronym BHAG – big harry audacious goal – in Built to Last.
Big goals and weekend jeans have nothing in common.
We say stupid things because everyone else says it. Give 110%, failure is not an option, think outside the box, and big goals are common meaningless blather. You’re a hazard when you casually say we need to set big goals.
Frivolous language is dangerous because it obscures meaning. Why is big-goal-language pervasive? It makes average leaders feel important. It gives the impression we know something when we don’t.
Big numbers are like Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd, fictional things made up by leaders who haven’t done their homework.
Big goals are often fabricated numbers made-up on the way to meetings. Someone thinks, “How can I get more out of people? I got it! We need to increase production by 25%.” (After all, you’re inadequate if you set small goals.)
3 surprising truths about big goals:
A BHAG makes your knees buckle. Do you feel strong standing beside your big goal? If you do, it might be a good goal, but it’s not a BHAG.
Big goals make you feel weak.
BHAGs force you to link arms with others. When you aim high you are forced to reach out. Who can help?
You need a team to reach the moon.
If you can go alone, it might be a good goal but it’s not a BHAG.
Big goals force you to rethink. You might be able to increase production by 10% by adding people and working harder. But you must rethink the way you work to double production.
Aiming high deserves more than casual thinking.
What do you know about setting BHAGs?
Why Goals are Dangerous and How to Make them Work
Goals are only small steps to reach your “Reason”. The reason we do what we do is on a higher plane than the steps we take to get there. Goals are important and must be planned, but the end reason is what we are really seeking.
Exactly. And your reason can never be fully attained. If it can, it’s a goal. Your reason might to boldly go where no one has gone before. You can do that occasionally, but it’s never fully done.
My favorite “stupid thing”: We have to do more with less. Can’t be done. You can’t even do the same with less. What you CAN do is identify what doesn’t need to be done so the less you are doing is the right things to be done.
You can’t do the same thing with less. 🙂
Brilliant. I’m acquiring this for my own personal use!