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Do you have some key result on your plate that could be truly remarkable? Would you get excited if you could turn one into the most amazing outcome for you and your organization?

Well, here are four big questions with some nested sub-questions to help you scope out what you really want to create in 2012:

  1. In what domain (i.e., category, etc.) does your remarkable result lie? Every result next year will not be, nor should it be, remarkable.   Is it a critical project or initiative? A business outcome or metric of success? A key relationship? Or, maybe a career milestone?
  2. In your identified domain, what focus do you want to pursue (the actual result)? Something already on your plate that is “beyond stretch”? An expected result that you could “knock out of the park”? Something people say “can’t be done here”? Something that is exciting, but would put you on the “edge of discomfort” to even declare it?
  3. What would it mean to you if you did, indeed, create it? Why do you want it? What would you gain if  you achieved it? Lose if you don’t? How would you feel?
  4. Can you commit to creating it? Do you or your team have the base capability required? Can you acquire the rest? Does it require influence? Are you interested in stretching your ability to think strategically both about task, timeline, and challenging people?

I have two for the coming year. I’ll be announcing those targeted results in an upcoming post. In the meantime, let me know what you would truly like to create this year. Either shoot me an email at or comment below.