Personal Goals versus Organizational Goals

It is imperative for any person to be sincere and goal-driven to be successful in life. One needs to have a dream and has to be confident and ambitious enough to nurture it over time, in order to transform it to reality. It would be naïve, however, to imagine that life would present a series of uniformly convenient situations to simply push individuals along in their road to success. Conflicting circumstances can, and often do, make an appearance as one moves through life. A prime example of such a situation would be when an individual perceives his/her job-oriented goals to be coming in the way of personal ambitions. However, personal goals and professional goals need not be looked upon as two opposing forces and a person, to attain success in life, needs to find a way to reconcile the two in a viable, effective manner.

Clear-headed, methodical thinking should be one’s constant companion as (s)he sets about in the quest of bridging apparent conflicts between personal and professional goals. To start off with, the personal goals of a person should always be within the realms of possibility, which again vary from one individual to another. A proper assessment of one’s own strengths, capabilities and weaknesses (preferably with the help of SWOT analysis) would be in order in this regard. While setting too modest goals for oneself can be self-demeaning, extravagant (and consequently, impossible) dreams can often frustrate people, simply because they cannot be achieved.

Once a person has a fair idea about his own goals in life, (s)he has to pursue such career paths that would ultimately help him/her realize his/her personal ambitions. One needs to be extremely careful and selective while searching for jobs and should take up such a profession where it would be possible to successfully streamline personal aspirations with the goals of his/her organization. Individuals should be smart enough to assess the growth prospects that any line of employment has to offer and take up jobs accordingly.

Reconciling personal and professional goals is not the sole responsibility of individuals, however. While recruiting candidates, organizations need to assess whether the profiles and the aspirations of applicants are in sync with the overall targets of a company. The role of employees in corporate houses needs to be clearly stated out, so that their contributions towards the realization of company goals can be properly monitored, or indeed, enhanced. While choosing and getting selected for just the right job can be a tricky task, people who manage to do the same are often the most successful ones in life.

In the current age of ‘smart work’, the bridge between personal and organizational goals has to be done away with by every corporate individual. Landing up in the wrong profession, where personal growth plans are at loggerheads with company targets, inevitably results in discontent – both on the part of the concerned employee as well as the management. That, in turn, would lead to the worst possible scenario for any organization, namely, high attrition rates. In a nutshell, the ability to select the right job often proves to be instrumental in erasing out perceived differences between personal targets and professional ones.

Individuals need to strike the right balance between their personal and work-lives to ensure a smooth progress through life. Focusing too much on personal development, neglecting official assignments, would never be looked upon kindly by any organization. One must also ensure that (s)he is not spending all of his/her time and effort for fulfilling professional commitments, for that could result in the family life of the concerned person going for a toss. An ideal job would be one where employees would have ample scope to align their personal aspirations with organizational goals.

It is high time that we got rid of the notion that personal goals and organizational goals are necessarily opposing forces. Selection of the right job, maintenance of a smart work-ethic and adjustments in lifestyle can help a person in overcoming the differences that seemingly demarcate these two sets of goals. After all, nothing could be better than a situation where an individual significantly contributes towards organizational growth and has enough opportunities to evolve as a person too.

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