Tiny Goals for Maximum Results Presentation

Quick Summary: Divide major tasks into bite-size pieces to better monitor overall progress.


Annual goals are usually missed in small incremental variations that can occur daily.  By creating small, short-term goals and watching for delays or mishaps can allow corrective action to be taken or plans developed to avoid the potential issues from occurring A simple short-term goal and response process can be implemented to that can have significant positive long-term impacts.

This presentation has been created for audiences that participate in the Life Lessons Over Lunch (LLoL) program.  The LoLL program is part of North Point Ministries (Alpharetta, GA) outreach program.  There are over 400 LLoL groups located across the country and overseas.  Individual groups meet regularly, share a free lunch, and watch videos or listen to speakers discuss a wide variety of topics of interest to the group. Open dialogue is encouraged during these informal meetings.   Information about the program can be found at https://lifelessonsoverlunch.com/about-us.

This presentation is based on articles and other presentations included in the www.CxO-Atlas.com website.  Access to all of the content and website registration is absolutely free.  The website contains 628, short articles covering many aspects of starting and running a business.  The target audiences include entrepreneurs, CxOs, and senior staff members of private companies.  Most articles are two pages in length and can be read in two or three minutes.  Think of the site as an operational reference guide.  This presentation and the accompanying text document that contains notes for each slide can be downloaded by any register website user. 

In virtually all cases, entrepreneurs and CEOs develop and share long-term visions with their employees.  The creation of goals associated with that vision usually follows.  It is not unusual for the achievement of the vision and goals to take multiple years.  Establishing a clear vision and goals is critical.  Yogi Berra said it best: “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”  Unfortunately, most of us are optimists and do not foresee or consider the roadblocks, diversions, or other events that can cause havoc with are overall plans.  It is easy to underestimate the composite or accumulated impacts of these unforeseen events on the overall long-term goal.  Yearly slips happen one day at a time.

An effective method of staying constantly aware of the probability of adherence to long-term plans is to develop very short-term goals.  Once they are identified, events or conditions that could impact the achievement of these short-term goals usually surface.  Armed with the knowledge of “what could go wrong,” action items can be developed to avoid the projected mishaps or quickly respond with corrective action if they occur.

This presentation describes a simple five-step process to develop short-term goals and capture potential roadblocks.  A sixth step that describes a tool that can be used to prioritize the potential roadblocks is also described.  The steps are:

  1. Identify one company-wide goal.
  2. Create a list of the events that could impact the company’s ability to attain the goal.
  3. Determine the indicators that the identified goal impediments are occurring.
  4. Develop plans to eliminate or minimize the impediments before they occur.
  5. Assign one person to monitor the potential impediments.

And, and the optional…

  1. Create a prioritization model that compares the likelihood of occurrence and the impact of each impediment.

This presentation has been updated since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.  This situation has certainly required all organizations to re-think their previous plans and adopt plans for the New Abnormal period caused by the pandemic as well as the New Normal environment that will surely follow.  Adaptability will be critical.  Developing and monitoring short-term goals, most likely, will be a requirement for survival and long-term success.

There are three downloadable files associated with this presentation.  They are:

  • The PowerPoint ™ presentation itself.  Each slide includes standard PPT presentation notes that provide relevant background and observations about each slide.
  • A PDF file that includes all of the slide notes mentioned above in one composite file. It is recommended that the user refers to these notes as they review the slides.  The Notes have been written in a continuous narrative format.
  • A two-page PDF listing of the articles and other material available on the CxO-Atlas website that is related to the presentation.  A site overview diagram and instructions on to register on the site, and how to directly access this presentation (and others) files is also included.
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