From the Ask Tom mailbag –
It seems that long term goals are hard to articulate. In setting long term goals, would you agree that they are by nature more ambiguous? Should we worry less about being precise?
A long term goal, by its nature?
Five years ago, our one year goal was a five year goal. What has changed in the four years between?
The goal has taken shape, become clearer, better defined, more concrete. It has also taken turns and twists, met with contingency and unexpected, yes unintended consequences. It is now more certain, less left to chance. Murphy has less time to play.
It is the Time Span of Intention, the most important judgment for a Manager, to determine those things necessary in the future.