She was tragically taken from us, but her legacy lives on. Every few weeks we will share excerpts from the book.
From Alexia’s Journal: I want to go to a great law school & become a corporate lawyer.
Alexia’s Goals August 2013
|Professional Learning and Development Goals|
|Goal 1: Make a decision about whether to go CPA/JD or JD/MBA|
|Goal 2: Evaluate my relationship with McKesson to be able to decide their role in the rest of my college career.|
|Goal 3: Gain a better working knowledge of LinkedIn|
|Goal 1: Improve work life balance techniques|
|Goal 2: Maintain 4.0 GPA|
|Goal 3: Create a working budget|
[Note: Alexia’s goals also included plans and due dates not shown here]
PLP Goals Alexia Helped Set as Leader
|Professional Leadership Program|
|Goal 1: Develop stakeholders; students, mentors, and faculty|
|Goal 2: Create a family-like culture|
|Goal 3: Create communication that supports connections and relationships, and exemplifies our brand|
Lesson: Put your goals in writing.
“First, have a definite, clear, practical ideal; a goal, an objective.” Aristotle
Goals are an important part of leadership, both for setting an example and for helping the team move forward. Setting goals helps us align today’s actions with the future. What do you want to accomplish and what are you doing today that will help you get there? People without goals meander through life experiencing random events that don’t lead them down any discernible path. They engage in activity without progress. Goals focus our actions to a self-chosen path and bring pattern and clarity to what would otherwise be a haphazard menagerie of experiences.
Writing down your goals is the first step to achieving them. Written goals can be more easily shared with your friends which significantly improves your chances of achieving those goals. Most importantly, written goals give you something to refer back to that refreshes your memory. As our lives get busy, the goals get pushed to the background; and we need to re-read them to bring them back to being part of our conscious intentions. Once our goals are in writing we can objectively evaluate our progress in reaching those goals on a regular basis.
Opportunity: Write 3 goals you want accomplish this year.