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Jan 6, 2023

This week, Dan Neumann is joined by Adam Ulery for the first episode of 2023.

In this episode, they are talking about new beginnings and how they are the perfect opportunity to plan forward and set intentions for the future. Adam and Dan dive deep into the importance of goal setting and how to do it in the most effective way possible.


Key Takeaways

  • Goal setting:
    • It is important to set and reset goals when one cycle ends and another begins.
    • Sometimes New Year’s resolutions don’t last long.
    • A key element to achieving goals and being happy with your performance is just being intentional.
    • Even if you don’t achieve the goal, the benefit is the learning opportunities you found through the process.
    • Most of the time, preparing for goal setting is about taking the time to reflect and process your thoughts about what it is that you are trying to achieve.
    • Take action!
    • SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound.
  • When does a goal need to be reset?
    • Reassess your goals at the end of each cycle.
    • Measure along the way so you know where you are. These metrics are fundamental to knowing where your performance is around the goal.
  • How Teams and Individuals can be more effective in reaching their goals:
    • Allocate capacities for each goal.
    • Remember to be intentional about your goals.
    • Team members have to hold each other mutually accountable.
    • Surround yourself with high performers and your performance will elevate as well.


Mentioned in this Episode:

The Way of a Pilgrim and A Pilgrim Continues His Way, Olga Savin


“How agile software development methods reduce work exhaustion: Insights on role perceptions and organizational skills”, Viswanath Venkatesh, James Y. L. Thong, Frank K. Y. Chan, Hartmut Hoehle, and Kai Spohrer


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