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  • What’s Your Personal BHAG for 2017?

    Have you set yours yet?

    If yes, how’s it going?

    If not, now is a good time to consider your BHAG for 2017.

    What is a BHAG?

    If you read the seminal book “Good to Great” by Jim Collins this will not be a new term to you. If you haven’t gotten around to reading it yet … because you are making all your BHAG’s real … that’s OK.

    A BHAG is a Big Hairy Audacious Goal.

    BHAG’s can be anything you want them to be. Typically, in a business they are related to the business at hand. Even though they might be focused on the core business at hand they should be … as the acronym implores … they should be Big, Hairy, and Audacious.

    Business BHAG’s are often long term thinking … 10, 20, even 30 years out.

    What about Personal BHAG’s?

    The idea of a Personal BHAG can be much closer on a time table.

    It’s up to you, but I think a yearly Personal BHAG is a worthy challenge.

    Every year you should consider at least one Personal BHAG

    If you want to do more than one that’s OK. However, the idea is to commit and go all in. For example, if you want to learn a new language. What will you do to make that happen? Will you take a class? Will you move to the country? What will you do to make it happen?

    Challenge Yourself

    There is no limit to what you can assign as your Personal or Professional BHAG.

    Dream Big. Think Big. Act Big. You can do it!

    Whether it’s Double the Revenue of your company, Start a New Business, Run for Office, Write a Book, Travel to Someplace, or whatever you can dream up.

    One factor to keep in mind is Accountability. Make sure you put markers in place to know you are on the right path. Also, it can be helpful to enlist your friends, family members, mentors and colleagues into your BHAG journey. They can lift you up and help you see your next marker when the challenges seem insurmountable.

    Remember to Thank your friendly guides along the way

    Putting Your BHAG’s into Play

    It’s going to be hard. It’s going to tax you, push you and exhaust you.

    And, you’ll be better for it.

    The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
    ~ Lao Tzu

    Imagine the sense of accomplishment you’ll feel when you complete your BHAG. That just might be enough to get you started. Now, it’s time to put the wheels in motion.

    So, what’s your Personal BHAG? What’s your Business BHAG?

    When will you get started?


    Jeff is an expert in the Enterprise Content Management industry. He brings over 20 years of Channel Sales, Partner Marketing and Alliance expertise to audiences around the world in speaking engagements and via his writing. He has worked for Microsoft, Kodak, and K2. He is currently consulting with Microsoft and partners to drive Community Engagement and Alliances. Follow him on Twitter @jshuey or on LinkedIn: in/JeffShuey

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