An image explaining the basic, but not the hidden benefits of SMART goals. It says "SMART GOALS" across the top. Then it has arrows for each letter: S - Specific, M - Measurable, A- Achievable, R- Relevant, T - Time-based. It's not a particularly attractive graphic, with yellow, shades of orange, red, and maroon. But it explains SMART goals, so I'm using it.

The hidden benefits of SMART goals

Dave Labowitz Career, Leadership

Since their invention in 1981, SMART goals have become a way of life for leaders worldwide and for good reason. The most apparent benefits of SMART goals are that they improve communication when delegating a project as well as increase the chances the project will succeed. While the base acronym offers up a lot of value on its own, after …

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How to talk to your boss about a problem

Dave Labowitz Career, Leadership

What’s the best way to talk to your boss about a problem if no one likes a complainer? This is a challenging issue because the wrong approach can be rather damaging. You can accidentally hurt your relationship with your boss and even mess up your career if you get associated with the words “complainer” or “negative”. Of course, you probably …

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Breaking the F Barrier: How Cursing at Work can Build Connection with Your Team

Dave Labowitz Career, Leadership, Random

One of our junior technicians was looking at me nervously. He had probably been expecting one of the managers to review his proposal to tweak our workflow. Instead, somehow I, the VP, Operations, had gotten a hold of it. I finished my read through and looked up at him, grinning. “This is some fucking great work,” I announced. His face …

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How to Win the First Sixth Months of a New Job

Dave Labowitz Career

You’ve undoubtedly heard the expression, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” If you keep it in mind during the first six months of a new job it will help set you up for long-term success in your career at the company. Why six months if we’re talking about first impressions? Because as long as people …