Making BSQ Goals Work
Amongst the plethora of goal setting systems out there, the BSQ goal-setting framework is often over looked. BSQ (Big, Small, Quick) goals, created by David VanRoovy with a claim that it can replace all other goal setting systems.
The key elements of the system relies upon Thinking, Acting and Moving at each separate phase. Here, we shall dive deeper within the BSQ model and offer some new insights and improvements to make them work all the time.
Think Big Goals
The first step within BSQ is to define a big goal. Where possible define as detailed and specific as possible the actual outcome you seek.
Key Advantages with setting Big Goals: Having a clear vision and mission enables the potential for a clear roadmap to achieve your goals. This is great if you want to achieve something that is technical and possible.
For instance a construction project like the Great Wall of China. Another example is to provide 30 million mosquito nets to Africa to reduce disease by a specific number.
Disadvantages setting Big Goals: When big goals are defined with clear outcomes this can limit the end result.
The speed of innovation today rapidly makes what was thought impossible 10 years ago very easy today.
For instance in many parts of the developing world, mobile phones has revolutionized the ability to communicate and share payments for services or receive funds. A bank 10 years ago would have thought about the need to build buildings instead of reaching scale through a mobile platform.
Key Take Aways:
· Use the BSQ system for specific defined goals for instance instead of SMART goals.
· Set periodic reviews to calibrate the viability of your goals during its journey- is there a bigger or different goal that is now more appropriate?
· Thinking Big goals sets the reason for the goal, to retain motivation, you should also address WHY your goal is important.
Acting Small with Goals
David defines acting small as defining the key milestones towards your goal. This approach is common place and adopted already within the world of Project Management. A milestone is a significant step towards your goal. Here David VanRoovy states that Acting small acts as a guidepost to your ultimate goal.
Key Advantages with setting milestones: The success and global robust systems that adopt milestones as management tools for projects is unquestionable. There is significant merit and advantage to following these steps and indeed most organizations will require such steps for effective management.
The disadvantages for creating milestones and guide posts include the need to define both strategic milestones and executional tasks.
Just detailing milestones will not be enough. It is equally important to be aware of risks to your goals, the gaps in your know how at each step and where and whom to help provide the training, skills, resources and support.
Key Take aways:
· Ensure your Small steps act Strategically and Tactically sub goals and gap analysis.
· Defining some milestones may not be possible at the time of creating your full BSQ goal framework. Due to unknown circumstances or missing knowledge, the framework should be open for adjustment and change.
· Creating accountability and networks to help your goals is as important as defining the milestone.
Placed within the goal framework as a vital step to reach goal attainment, “moving quickly” is explained only briefly by David. He explains that timelines are important and should be targeted time frames for execution.
The advantages of setting quick time lines: With no deadline, your goal is only a wish and a want. By setting a deadline it defines a priority and expectation. These are positive points and beneficial for most business goals and personal goals.
Surprising disadvantages of setting deadlines: Although we are clear supporters of deadlines, there are other factors to consider or when and why a deadline for a goal may not be the best idea. Two such examples are very personal and changed the course of my life.
Firstly, I always wished to live abroad and experience life outside the UK. I travelled extensively and then after meeting my now wife, I moved to Denmark. If I had set a clear goal, I may have missed out on the love of my life!
Secondly, I knew I had a goal to do a parachute jump at some time. I was happy for this to remain a wish and then through a random opportunity and mental attitude I made a decision and simply done it, I still now jump after 14 great years!
Key Take aways:
· “Goals” that are deadline free are defined as an aim or a desire. However these dream “ideal world goals” help long term motivation plus provides spontaneous opportunity for fulfillment – that is an essence of life itself.
· Working to deadlines is a great clarity for focus and priority to goal completion.
· Speed is not everything, long term goals with 15 year deadlines should also be considered, but never ignore what can be done today to attain your goal.
Developing the BSQ model
We do not agree with David that all other goal setting systems can be replaced with BSQ goals. There are very good grounds for setting unobtainable goals such has BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goals). By including the key take away points we have listed for the BSQ framework an improvement to its success and consideration should be made.
Read Inc.com’s article by David on BSQ Goals
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