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Keeping On Top of BHAGs: Big Hairy Audacious Goals

A couple of weeks ago, our leadership team held a retreat in Atlanta. We’re committed to holding in-person meetings like this bi-annually, at the beginning of the year and in the summer, even though they cost us time our of the office and, of course, money. Here’s why:

  • BHAGs or Big, hairy, audacious goals. To move forward as a company, we need BHAGs that unite and motivate our team. I suppose I could just create and enforce them on the leaders, but by establishing them as a group, we create buy-in. This also helps us set realistic goals; our leadership team won’t be shy if they think a goal is unachievable.
  • Focus. To achieve our BHAGs, we need focus. Day-to-day issues, such as staffing, customer projects and email, distract us from the main goal. Meeting regularly helps us ensure we are making progress on our BHAGs, while still meeting our customer’s needs.
  • Camaraderie. Our remote team needs occasional face time to build trust, deepen relationships and improve our ability to work together.

Our management team only attends the meeting in January, but we include the entire team in a retreat each summer for the same reason.

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About Marjorie Adams

Our head QuickBooks trainer and guru, Marjorie Adams, is Founder and CEO of Fourlane, Inc., an award-winning consulting firm and Intuit’s #1 QuickBooks Reseller Partner. Fourlane’s team of experts offers several QuickBooks oriented services including consulting, training, programming, integration, and more. Over the years, Fourlane has helped over 10,000 customers across many different industries with their QuickBooks accounting software. Marjorie Adams is considered one of the top QuickBooks trainers in the country. She was listed on CPA Practice Advisor’s 40 Under 40 in 2014 & 2015, and has been recognized as Intuitive Accountant’s 2015 QuickBooks Desktop ProAdvisor of the Year. Marjorie sits on Intuit’s VIP Program, is a frequent contributor to Inuit Accountants News Central, and has developed Intuit’s QuickBooks Enterprise Certification training. She has also been published in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, BusinessWeek, American Express Open, the Huffington Post, and Inc. Magazine.

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