Leadership : Your Leadership Legacy, One Way to Set Goals

Jim Estill is a partner in CanRock Ventures, an early stage venture fund.  Prior to that he started a technology distribution company from the trunk of his car and grew it to $350,000,000 in sales and sold it to SYNNEX.  He then was CEO of SYNNEX Canada growing sales from $800,000,000 to $2 Billion.  

He invests in, advises and sits on the board of many technology companies including RIM (Blackberry).  

He is an active blogger at www.jimestill.com



I might be one of the few people who like setting goals http://www.squidoo.com/60minutegoals.

Fortunately, I have read people who set goals are much more apt to be successful than those who do not.

I have studied how to set goals as part of my time management studies.  From this study, I have found many different ways to set goals.  I use multiple methods.  In each method, a key part is to have tangible action plans.  Goals are dreams with action.  I also set up a regular time to review those goals.  Reviewing them keeps them in focus and top of mind so I work towards them more.

One of the latest methods that I am working on is thinking about my leadership legacy.

What inspired me to start thinking this way was a book called, "Your Leadership Legacy" by Robert Galford and Regina Fazio Maruca.

Think where would you like to be at some future point.  One way to do this is to write a document that says, I am now "x" years old and have accomplished the following things.  I am at the following point in my life, etc.  The more vivid the vision can be, the more likely, you will achieve it.  Imagine how it will feel, what it will be like, how proud you are etc.  I do this exercise at least two or three times a year as part of my goal setting.

It is always interesting to look back at what I wrote at different times and how close I have come in many cases to what I envisioned.  Sometimes I fall short but many times, where I end up far exceeds what I thought.  "we tend to overestimate what we can achieve in a day and underestimate what we can achieve in a decade".

I am now adding a section to that on what is the legacy that I leave behind in the various projects that I was involved in? What will the culture be?  How will the decisions be made?  What will the impact be on the organization as a result of my being involved in it?  

I am not thinking of what people will think of me, rather how will the business sustain itself?  How will the business be successful and what parts of that have I helped put in place and have I put the right parts of it in place to be successful?

Thinking in terms of legacy can change current thinking.  It helps me to focus on what is truly important.



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