FastCompany: How To Set Wildly Important Goals, And What They’ll Do For You

April 25, 2012 Chris McChesney

Focusing on one wildly important goal is like punching one finger through a sheet of paper–all your strength goes into making that hole. By avoiding focus traps like refusing to say no and trying to make everything a goal, you can narrow your focus to one or two wildly important goals and consistently invest the team's time and energy into them. In other words, if you want high-focus, high-performance team members, they must have something wildly important to focus on.

Rule #1: No team focuses on more than two WIGs at the same time.
This rule acts like a governor on an engine. There may be dozens or even hundreds of WIGs across the entire organization, but the key is not to overload any single leader, team, or individual performer. Remember, they are all dealing with the incessant demands of the whirlwind, or the day job. Keep this rule in mind as you consider the remaining three rules. If you violate this one, you will have lost your focus as an organization.

 

 

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Chris McChesney

Chris McChesney is a Wall Street Journal #1 National Best Selling Author – The 4 Disciplines of Execution. In his current role of Global Practice Leader of Execution for Franklin Covey, Chris is one of the primary developers of the 4 Disciplines of Execution. For more than a decade, he has led FranklinCovey’s design and development of these principles, as well as the consulting organization that has become the fastest growing area of the company.

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