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Unformatted text preview: feeling at the time. Sure, we have days when we don’t want to go to work, but we know that if we don’t, there will be consequences. We might lose the day’s pay – or even lose the job – which would have its own consequences. The same is true when we lack self-discipline in reaching for our goals. The consequences are varied, depending on what the goal might be. If I am not practicing the piano, I’m wasting the money I’m spending on lessons and I also have the consequence of not being able to play the instrument. If I am not exercising self-discipline towards a task at work, the consequence may be that I don’t get as high a commission as I had hoped for, or I might not be chosen for that promotion I want. Download free ebooks at bookboon.com 43 Motivation Managing Your Career Self-discipline helps you with things like: Working on your daily tasks even if you don’t particularly feel like it Going to the gym even though you’d rather sit at home and watch a movie Waking up early to truly prepare for the day ahead even though you want that last 30 minutes of sleep Turning away temptation when you’ve committed to a healthy eating plan Checking your email at specific times during the day rather than every time you get a new email – something which helps keep you productive at work Walking away from time-sucking gossip at the water cooler even though you’d rather hear the scoop Checking your work meticulously even though you feel like it’s ‘good enough’ as it is There are five basic characteristics of people who possess self-discipline: Self-knowledge – you know what’s important to you and what you need to do to achieve it Conscious awareness – you realistically evaluate your current behavior and actions in comparison to what you need to be doing to reach your goals Commitment – commitment will keep you going when you are tempted to pursue activities that aren’t goal-driven Courage – you might need to stand up for yourself, your belief in your goals, and the sacrifices you may need to get there Internal coaching – your internal voice is a positive supporter, not a negative critic of what you are doing. 6.6 Goal Setting Goal setting is a powerful tool that can be used to motivate and challenge yourself further towards meeting your career management goals. However, there is a right way and a wrong way to set goals. Well set goals are clear and you can objectively determine whether or not the goal has been reached. Poorly set goals are not clear and you can’t necessarily tell what it will look like once the goal has been achieved. The result is frustration and lack of effectiveness. Download free ebooks at bookboon.com 44 Motivation Managing Your Career Dr. Edwin Locke published his theory on goal setting in 1968 in an article called “Toward a Theory of Task Motivation and Incentives.” His theory was that employees were motivated by having a goal to work towards and that reaching that goal improved work performance overall. He showed that people work better when their goals are specific and challenging rather than vague and easy. For example, telling someone to ‘improve customer service’ is not specific. You might know what it means, but will the employee interpret it the same way? Instead, the goal should be clear, such as ‘reduce customer complaints by 50% over a five month period.’ In 1990, Locke and Dr. Gary Latham published “A Theory of Goal Setting and Task Performance” in which they identified five principles that were important in setting goals that will motivate others. These principles are: Clarity Challenge Commitment Feedback Please click the advert Task complexity The financial industry needs a strong software platform That’s why we need you SimCorp is a leading provider of software solutions for the financial industry. We work together to reach a common goal: to help our clients succeed by providing a strong, scalable IT platform that enables growth, while mitigating risk and reducing cost. At SimCorp, we value commitment and enable you to make the most of your ambitions and potential. Are you among the best qualified in finance, economics, IT or mathematics? Find your next challenge at www.simcorp.com/careers www.simcorp.com MITIGATE RISK REDUCE COST ENABLE GROWTH Download free ebooks at bookboon.com 45 Motivation Managing Your Career We’ll now look at each of these principles individually. Clarity A clear goal is one that can be measured and leaves no room for misunderstanding. Goals should be very explicit regarding what behavior is desired and will be rewarded. Look at the goals listed in Figure 1below to help you understand how to be clearer when setting goals. Continue to ask yourself the question, ‘What will it look like if the goal is completed?’ The answer to the question will help you identify clear goals. Unclear Goal Clear Goal Get better at processing work orders. Reduce work order errors by 10%. Improve communications within the team. Create a system for ensuring that every tea...
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This note was uploaded on 06/07/2013 for the course BA 202 taught by Professor Cuongvu during the Fall '13 term at Copenhagen Business School.

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