The Fourth Commandment Of Strategic Planning: Set Audacious Goals

There are many acronyms used in goal setting, all for the benefit of having meaningful and everlasting goals. One is to set BHAGs — big hairy audacious goals, as Jim Collins calls them. Let me explain why those are critical for growth. Why must every organization and every leader be “audacious” in their goals, and why must they be willing to eat their own breakfast — meaning their current way of doing business? Have you ever thought of this question? What are the common denominators of the failures of such icons as Blockbuster, Kodak, Polaroid, Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), IBM typewriters and others? In a September 2014 Forbes article, Greg Satell writes, “The irony is that Blockbust

Google Has Unleashed a Plan to Disrupt the College Degree

Google's new certificate program only takes six months to complete, and will only be a fraction of the cost of college. BY JUSTIN BARISO, AUTHOR, EQ APPLIED@JUSTINJBARISO Google recently made a huge announcement that could change the future of work and higher education: It's launching a selection of professional courses that teach candidates how to perform in-demand jobs. These courses, which the company is calling "Google Career Certificates," teach foundational skills that can help jobseekers immediately find employment. However, instead of taking years to finish like a traditional university degree, these courses are designed to be completed in about six months. "College degrees are out o

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