2012: Work goals

by Nick on January 3, 2012

Yesterday I introduced my family goals.  So far so good!  I’m still on track with those…  :)

But what about other parts of my life?  Well I already told you that I was separating work goals and “me” goals from family in posts because the post was too long for my liking… Also, I like having a separate post for each to put a separate focus on each of those parts of my life. 

Anyhow, let’s dig in.  Here are my work goals for 2012:

  • Lead at least two projects. Truly lead the entire project. I “lead” (or at least I think I lead) a lot of pieces of projects, but I’m still in the “middle management” phase of my career. This is the year I get the higher ups to say “By golly, that Nick sure is ready for the big time.” Extra bonus points if they actually say “by golly” but that’s not necessary. This might also involve taking a number of training courses to really go up to the next level.
  • Work less but focus on performing higher-level functions. I have a reputation of being a “heavy hitter” in the hours worked category. I’m that way by nature. I work a lot. And I’m a roll-up-your-sleeves type of guy as well, so that means I end up doing a lot of work that I’m supposed to be too senior to do. I do that for a number of reasons, but it’s not fair. It’s not fair to me. But it’s especially not fair to the people who are new to the company and rely on that work for training. I don’t do it to make sure I’m busy. I do it because I’m a “doer” by nature. This is the year I focus on letting go of the entry-level stuff and focus on work that’s at (or above) my level.
  • Become cash flow positive even without considering the value of my work. This is third of the 4 because it’s important to my future success, but not the most important part. Generally speaking, as long as I can do high-level work my company will keep me around. They need great people to serve their customers. But I want to be indispensable (until I choose to be dispensed of, of course…). In my mind that involves introducing customers to my company who more than pay for my salary and benefits. That’s tough, especially when you’re not an owner of the company (I’m not). But that’s my goal. Between January 1 and December 31, introduce new customers whose business would make me “cash flow positive” even without considering the value of my work. I’ll set this at 1.5 times my salary for measurement purposes. Pie in the sky but let’s make it happen captain!
  • Read at least 12 books about work. This will include actual books about my craft and general leadership/business books. This will be my first one. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You. I’ll include the general business books here, but won’t mention my specific craft here. I like to keep my work completely separate from my blog. It helps me really treat this blog as an escape. If I mix too much of my work stuff here I might start to think of this as work! Any book suggestions are appreciated on this one too.

That’s it for now.  These goals are all about really gettting to the next level.  I believe that reading is vital to becoming better at anything.  So I’ll read and get trained constantly.  I also really want to become “different.”  I want to inspire and lead.  But I want it on a solid foundation.  So a “cash flow positive” employee who isn’t good at his craft is not what I want to be known for.  I want to be a great team member who happens to be cash flow positive.

What did I forget?  Have you set work goals for 2012?  What are you waiting for!!?!?!?!

Until next time, put your credit card down and slowly step away from the mall!

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Kooz January 4, 2012 at 12:06 am

I like these goals–especially the third.

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Nick January 4, 2012 at 10:50 am

Thanks Kooz! It's definitely going to be tough, but I like to set at least one HUGE goal that is pretty near impossible. If I crush them all then my goals weren't good enough, right?

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