Wednesday, October 12, 2016
SWOT Your Goals!
SWOT Analysis (evaluating your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) is the most widely used tool in strategic planning. But that is not the only time you can use it!
It is also very helpful to SWOT any goal – individual or organizational – that you have. But make sure you put the SWOT in context. Ask these questions:
*Given my/our commitment to accomplishing this goal, what strengths do I/we have that I/we can leverage to meet it?
*Given my/our commitment to accomplishing this goal, what weaknesses do I/we have that I/we need to fortify to meet it?
*Given my/our commitment to accomplishing this goal, what opportunities do I/we see in the external environment have that I/we can seize to meet it?
*Given my/our commitment to accomplishing this goal, what threats do I/we see in the external environment have that I/we need to block to meet it?
Once you have done a SWOT on your goal then look at your answers to inform your strategy for the way forward. Pay attention to the sequencing of your actions. Hopefully your weaknesses and threats are not of great concern. But if they are, address them up front. Maybe, for example, you need to fortify some weaknesses before you can seize your opportunities. And definitely try to use creative ways to leverage your strengths that allow you to seize opportunities.
Set BIG goals that inspire you! (Read more here about effective goal setting.) Then SWOT your goals to develop a winning strategy to accomplish them. This is how to make a breakthrough Mission Impact.
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Posted by Dr. Rob Sheehan at 1:32 PM