Setting Goals and Obtaining Success
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Setting goals for your fiscal year, next five years or for your career will only help you gain success. In this article, we’ll explore an unbiased view of one goal – bringing your department into the electronic world of business.
There are many great articles out there about why you should set goals. Namely, they help keep your focus, keep momentum, and keep you moving ahead. We can link some below. However, we want to focus on one goal, finding inspection software. These are good guides to follow for all goals, but we’ll dig into what we know about obtaining the success you’re looking for once your goals are achieved.
Set clear detailed goals.
Goal setting is simple and straightforward, but do you know the benefits of setting solid detailed goals? By setting these types of goals, you’re setting yourself up for a much higher success rate. Setting a goal that is vague like “finding software to fit my needs” can be important, but do you know what your needs are? Have you listed them out? By listing out your needs, you will be able to compare software solutions with your expectations.
In our world, we hear basic questions
- Do you do inspections?
- Do you issue permits?
- Is there a financial module?
What you may be thinking is – “We do inspections, investigations, plan reviews and issue permits out of this office. Will you help us streamline this process? Save us time and help us be more productive? We’re also looking for a way to send our customers billing invoices. It would be great if we didn’t have to purchase two different software to achieve this.”
Be clear and concise. This will help you get exactly what you’re looking for.
Set your timeline.
It is important to know when you want to reach your goal. Be realistic about your approach. Do you have the budget, do you know what those lines are and when that budget line is available? Include time in your timeline to go through the budget process. Have you detailed a timeline that includes time for setting up the software and training? Don’t forget to leave a little play in your timeline for your users to become familiar with the software.
It is equally important to know how you will reach this goal. Again, listing your approach is a good plan. Start with exploring your options, ask others what they are using and why they like the product. You’ll need to schedule a time to explore the options and demo the features.
Be prepared for challenges and to make sacrifices.
You may be faced with making difficult decisions and you’ll need to be prepared to stick to them to reach your goal. Change is not always easy. You can face opposition, lack of buy-in, budget constraints, time constraints and you may need to re-evaluate your needs if you do not find a software that solves all of your issues. Being prepared for challenges is key to success. Know your department weaknesses and strengths. Build a risk assessment and a response to each. You should feel comfortable with your software vendor in sharing these and working together to overcome them.
Achieving goals takes commitment, focus, resources, and requires consistency. However, if you do not start, you will not finish.
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