Goal setting is one of the most important facets of success with your business. Without goals, you’re not driving your business towards a specified purpose. Instead of letting your business wander aimlessly and stray from your plan, you need to define clear and obtainable goals that align with your vision for your business. But most businesses make the mistake of thinking that they should set their annual goals themselves. However, it is more advantageous to hire a consultant to aid you during the goal setting process. Let’s take a closer look at why you need a consultant to help you chart a path to success.
You Need External Advice to Set Realistic Goals
One pitfall that entraps many organizational leaders is setting unrealistic objectives. In the end, biting off more than you can chew can have a negative impact on your profits and crush morale when you fail to achieve your goals. This is one area where a consultant adds tremendous value, because they can take an external, objective view of your business and help you understand why some of the goals you set are unreasonable. They can also help you break seemingly unachievable goals into smaller, more manageable objectives that will map out a plan for success.
Consultants Have Specialized Knowledge
If you’ve ever heard of the Division of Labor theory, you know that that individuals who specialize in a task add greater value to a project than those who lack specialized experience. Even if you have experience setting goals for your organization, a consultant is going to have a much broader and deeper understanding of what works and what doesn’t. It all comes back to experience, and a consultant will have worked with countless clients in the past and are more sophisticated because of their experience. They say a smart man can learn from his own mistakes, but a wise man can learn from the mistakes of others. As such, a consultant will be able to help you set goals more effectively than if you tried to undertake the task on your own.
Adding Objective Advice to Quell Disagreements
Often times different leaders and stakeholders disagree about the various decisions and what goals should take priority. Instead of risking a stalemate that will waste valuable time or making a decision that will cause disgruntlement, a consultant will be able to weigh in on tough decisions and help various leaders make a decision. Often times having a third party offer their knowledge and experience will help internal members of an organizations find common ground to agree on goal setting decisions.
Goal setting is critical for the future and success of your business, but it is no easy task. Instead of risking making a bad decision that could affect your business for the rest of 2016, contact John M. Ruh and Associates. Specialized consultation is only a phone call away, and we want to help your business succeed by setting effective and attainable goals.
Written by John Ruh
John M. Ruh and Associates are mission based business advisors who partner with growth oriented leaders to create the right P.S.T. support: the right People, the right Structure and the right Tools.