Quix Tip – Start with the Goal First


  1. Imagine the goal clarity of a flock of geese flying south for the winter.
  2. Decide where you want to aim yourself (and your team and family) today, this week, month, year.
  3. Don’t include the process of how you will get there in the goal; just determine where you want to aim.
  4. State your goal publicly as simply and as passionately as you can.
  5. Let your goal guide you forward.

You hear them first and search for them up in the sky. There, high overhead, the geese are in a V formation or long line, heading south in a clear direction. Their goal is clear. They know where they are going. They don’t know what they’ll encounter along the way, but their inner GPS has the destination programmed in.

Goals give direction to a team, and to an individual. This is the first step for any successful venture, to have a common target to aim at, to know who you are and where you want to go. Noel Tichy also says that unclear goals are the cause of 80% of team conflict. If a goal isn’t clear (and agreed on by everyone on the team), there isn’t much hope of success. Gallup’s Q12 survey of employee engagement begins with: “Do I know what is expected of me at work?” Goals are where it all begins – the first and most important step.

Quixote Consulting uses action learning to explore the GRPI model with a series of engaging multi-round team building activities in GRPI Team Quest: GRPI model team development and team building activities.

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