Leadership and Advice
Most recently I ran across the quote in DASH, P. 45, by Eric Aronson, which inspired me to dig out this partially started microcast and finish it now.
Here is the link that debunks the myth of the Yale Goal Setting Study.
A few years ago I was involved with an advanced emotional intelligence workshop led by Richard Boyatzis at Case Western University. At the time, he indicated that their research had shown that only about a third of the population is motivated by goals. This is consistent with David McClelland's supposition around achievement as a motive: 'ach', which he wrote about in The Achieving Society in 1961 and later in Human Motivation.
Motivational data can be used to identify motivational pathways. These pathways can support the systems the person then chooses to employ in meeting the expectations they have of themselves and that others have of them. This can be clarified through a process of engagement using dynamic inquiry.
Don't let people talk you into goals and goal directed tactics because that is what motivates them. The projection of this advice onto people by coaches, consultants, and motivational speakers is not effective much of the time, nor actionable. This is the reason why motivational speeches don't stick or continue to motivate people over time--they are not actionable.
Chris Argyris, who I refer to continuously, wrote about how most consultants, including a couple he profiled in the book I cited below: Steven Covey and John Kotter, two of the most highly respected consultants in the world, who as he pointed out provide non-actionable advice.
I have to say in Covey's new book The Eighth Habit--while an incredible piece of work--falls again in the trap of projecting his own structure of reality onto the reader as the thing to do based on his own system of advice, as well-rounded as it may be; it's not going to be actionable for most people.
More likely than not, if we do provide advice, it is usually not actionable.
Actionable Advice (and actionable goals perhaps) has these characteristics (paraphrased from Flawed Advice and the Management Trap, C. Argyris, 2000)
-Specifies the sequence
of behavior required to
-Makes causality transparent (what causes us to get certain effects)
-Causality embedded in advice in use is testable in normal situations
-Specifies the values or governing variables that underlie the advice
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