Unique Way to Create Business Goals - Learning from a Kindergarten Student
"One moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience."
— Oliver Wendell Holmes
My son is in 2nd grade and a few years ago the school changed their mascot from an Indian to a Wolf. The school has done an excellent job of translating how baby wolfs grow into responsible adults of the pack (in the wild) and applying it to various grades in the school. In addition to the Pledge of Allegiance, the kids have learned a school creed. Here is what they recite:
Respect the elders
Teach the young
Cooperate with the pack
Learn every day
Play when you can
Rest In Between
Learn for Life
Leave Your Mark
This is the Washington Wolf's Creed!
Adopted by Washington Elementary School in 2003. Adapted from T. L. Towery's The Wisdom of Wolves
What a great thing to be teaching our young school children. He was also able to explain what each line item meant to him as a young person.
Can you identify how you can apply the school's creed to your life and business?
Are you living your life to the fullest? The average person wastes 150 hours per year just looking for things, much less the large amounts of time wasted on inefficient processes. The average executive wastes over 6 weeks a year looking for things.
What will you do with the time that you find when you are as organized and productive as you want to be? How about your goals? Do you have business goals for your business? Do your employees understand how these goals align to what they do? Do your employees understand how to work together to reach the goals established?
If not, you might consider trying to use the school creed as an outline above for setting goals. It is a unique way to look at goal setting and might just set off the creative person in you. Tell us what you have done! I'd love to hear from you.