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By now, many people have stopped working towards their New Year’s resolutions. But in business it is different – you still have to keep moving towards your goals. This is where a hidden step in Hoshin Kanri is revealed.
Hoshin Kanri is one of the most powerful strategic planning and deployment processes there is, but there is a hidden step to help engage everyone in your organization as you try to reach your goals. The easiest way to explain this is a sports analogy.
Don’t you think that almost every professional sports team sets a goal at the beginning of the season (or before) to make the playoffs or win their championship? It’s not rocket science to figure out there can only be one team that reaches that goal.
Of course, we want to win at sports, business or life, but a missing ingredient is “What are you going to personally commit to, to help reach the goal?” What will be the “extra-thing” or the “one-thing” that you will focus on? What is the one thing that others on your team are going to commit to? What is the thing that you can do consistently (or try to) that will help the team (or company) reach its goal?
Here are some clips from Chicago Blackhawks Hockey where they share their goal (it’s from a couple of years ago, but I think it helps show the meaning).
A business analogy may be “We are going to increase sales by 20 percent.” Sound familiar? As part of Hoshin Kanri, there may be some real breakthrough ideas on how to get you there. However, if you never achieved that level of growth in the past, what makes you think that you can reach a goal like this? Being positive is essential, but what are you going to commit to doing differently to help you get there. Remember the definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Think of this as being a form of kaizen (small change for the better); when things get tough, what can you revert to in order to keep things moving forward?
So even though we have business goals for the year, I have decided to create a specific goal for myself. My goal? To not let perceived limitations stop me.
What’s your goal?