Subject: Goal Setting Best Practices from Regal Unlimited

Make Goals and meet them, past as well as upcoming ones,
some humour, TED Talk video and much more!
Dear Leader,

The other day I was talking to a friend and he expressed his concern to me. “Sometimes, I feel like I am sleep walking through life! I have no idea what I really want”, he averred. Mind you, my friend is no guy-next-door. He is a thriving professional and has ticked all the boxes in life’s proverbial checklist – family, career, wealth and so on. What then could have triggered such a thought in him? While I did coach him on how to add more ‘purpose’ and ‘drive’ to his life, I realised that many of us live through such conundrums, and sadly, most of us don’t pay much heed to it. It is not uncommon to get such feelings. Perhaps you know exactly what you want to achieve, but have no idea how to get there. And that set me thinking. What we all need and lack is a scientific way to set goals and go about achieving it.

Goals are the first step towards planning for the future, and play a fundamental role in the development of skills in various facets of life, from work to relationships and everything in between. They are the target at which we aim our proverbial arrow. Therefore, understanding the importance of goals and the techniques involved in setting achievable goals paves the way for success.

Read Subash’s blog on Goal Setting here
 ICF Coaches’ Meetup on Coaching Mastery
We had our monthly coaches meet up in Bangalore a few weeks back. And like always the meetup was highly insightful and inspiring.


Of Goals and Goal Setting
Goals. There’s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them. There’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them.” - Jim Rohn
I believe goal setting is one of the most compassionate things we can do for ourselves because it turns our dreams into realities and that in turn will help us to be in a space of happiness and abundance. 
Setting goals and turning dreams into reality is something easier said than done. Sometimes goal setting could look like a map with many directions and long routes and we may have doubts and confusion about how to reach our destination. We may get information and ideas from many sources but it is not necessary that these ideas and information will work perfectly for us and are for our highest good. This is where coaching and a coach can be of great help. Goal setting is a very important step in the coaching process. A coach will assist us in manifesting SMART goals, helps us in breaking it down to realistic milestones and assist us in identifying the potential support and resources we can get, thus boosting up our motivation to make progress towards the goal. SMART is an acronym and stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timebound
Setting the right goal is not only about finding the right destination to arrive at but also about finding the right journey to go on. So, with smart goals a coach can help us to enjoy both the journey and the destination.

Suma Hari, ACC (ICF)

What I found interesting about ICFs updated core competency model
The updates have come after 25 years and based on rigorous research conducted over two years, using data from different types of sources and geographies. The outcome of the research clearly attempts to model competencies to take into account shifts in the way businesses are conducted, cultural dimensions, and changed characteristics of the work force and leadership styles in the VUCA world. 
The core of the model and the underlying philosophy remains unchanged. What has been changed are additions of new themes, new constructs and simplification of language overall. These are some changes that I found very significant:
There is an overall simplification of language, use of words that are precise and easy to relate to. This is seen in both the label of the competency as well as its description.

“Trust and Intimacy” has been replaced with “Trust and Safety”
I found this very culturally appropriate as “intimacy” might have different connotations in different cultures. Also, “intimacy” may be interpreted as a certain degree of “closeness” which may not necessarily be a healthy way for a coach and client to relate to each other. “Safety” also provides for a space where the client can be vulnerable and open and more willing to look within and be reflective.

“Establishing the coaching agreement” has changed to “Establishes and maintains agreements”
This suggests a broader understanding of agreements to include not only the client and the coaching agreement with the client, but also agreements that the coach may have with other stakeholders. I feel this is an excellent way of including the eco-system of the client and a move towards a systemic approach. Also, “maintain” agreements suggests a need to be aligned with agreements throughout the engagement and not just as a sign off at the commencement of one.

“Powerful Questioning”, “Direct Communication” and “Creating Awareness” have been combined into one competency “Evokes Awareness”
To me this made perfect sense as the way I had understood powerful questioning and direct communication, both were for creating awareness.

“Designing Actions”, “Planning and Goal setting” and “Managing Progress and Accountability” have been combined into one competency “Facilitates Client Growth"
The nuances are the same, the intentions are the same but combining all three has made the Action setting part of the coaching process much simpler to understand and implement.

“Embodies a coaching mindset”
This is a completely new competency that focuses on the coach. It addresses the coach’s development journey, ability to reflect and learn from past experiences, and participation in knowledge enhancement. It also focuses on how well the coach is able to be aware of and regulate his/her own emotions during the coaching session. Cultural and contextual sensitivity of the coach is another marker in this competency. I found this an extremely crucial and exciting add on. 
I am now very curious to see what evaluation criteria will be designed for these changes!

Rekha Hatkanagalekar
PCC, Leadership and Mentor Coach

Our leaders and institutions are failing us, but it's not always because they're bad or unethical, says venture capitalist John Doerr -- often, it's simply because they're leading us toward the wrong objectives. In this practical talk, Doerr shows us how we can get back on track with "Objectives and Key Results," or OKRs -- a goal-setting system that's been employed by the likes of Google, Intel and Bono to set and execute on audacious goals. Learn more about how setting the right goals can mean the difference between success and failure -- and how we can use OKRs to hold our leaders and ourselves accountable.

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Team Regal Unlimited