Why Goal Setting Doesn’t Work

21 Feb

We have all heard this advice: Set goals if you want to accomplish anything substantial. That advice comes from personal coaches, self-help gurus, management consultants, managers and executives and is deeply imbedded in leadership practices.


In organizations, “stretch goals,” or “haijry audacious goals,” as a management motivational and performance strategy, is widely practiced. Yet, there is evidence that goal setting may actually be counter productive if not a waste of time.


We’re always being asked to set goals …what’s your view on this?

2 Replies to “Why Goal Setting Doesn’t Work”

  1. Sharon says:

    I guess Steve it depends if your goals are as a direct response to your heart OR your mind or indeed a combination of both.. for anyone thinking of investing your time with Steve to being the best version of you – do it!

  2. Steve McCabe says:

    Thank you Sharon! I think you’ve captured that beautifully.
    When was the last time we had goal setting based on our heart, not limited by the ‘right way to set goals’ by coaches?
    Thanks for being VIP blog visitor #1… !

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