Dreams are great, but without chunking them into goals, specifically SMART goals, they will not as likely be achieved. Likewise, without a system to set, tract, and improve on your goals, they will much less likely be effective in helping your dreams come true.
I set and track four types of goals.
Long Term: 5 years+
Mid Term: 1 Year
Short Term: 1 Week
I set goals with the following groups of people.
In this blog, I am going to go over the mechanisms and systems we use to set and track these goals. Before we dive into the different timespan of the goals, let’s first dive into how to make goal setting effective for all types of goals.
Write Them Down
Writing your goals out, via type or written form creates neuron connections in your brain, allowing your brain and subconscious to start working towards your goals with you. Suddenly the little constantly happening things that may have been easily brushed aside as not relevant, now get recognized by your brain and prioritized, allowing you to achieve the goal with great effectiveness. Studies show the power of writing your goals down to be upwards of 10x more effective than having a non written goal. That’s a 1000% return on a free investment. Just start writing.
Once you write them down, you can now more easily share them with a peer, friend, spouse, boss, or a group, even publicly on a blog like Ellon did. Putting your goals out there for other people to see and read creates more connections in your brain that not only help you find things to achieve the goals but also keep your goals top of mind because the moment you see the person, or think of the people you shared the goals with, your goals will pop back into mind as well. Top of mind, top of performance. Don’t just share them however, make a pack with an accountability partner to help you stay accountable to actually achieving them.
The American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) did a study on accountability and found that you have a 65% of completing a goal if you commit to someone. And if you have a specific accountability appointment with a person you’ve committed, you will increase your chance of success by up to 95%.
Make Sure They are SMART
Revisit them on a regular cadence, track performance, and modify
Smart goals are noted as.
Specific – target a specific area for improvement.
Measurable – quantify or at least suggest an indicator of progress.
Assignable – specify who will do it.
Realistic – state what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources.
Time-related – specify when the result(s) can be achieved.
The key two items in here are measurable and time related. Once you have these two functions in a goal, you can now go back and measure your progress on a regular cadence. You can do this with an accountability partner or by yourself, both are very effective. Lets now jump into the goal time horizons
Long Term: Visioning and Business Planning
With my team and with my family, we set our horizon goals through visioning and the business planning process. These typically have a timeframe of 5-10 years. Personally I have found it helpful to employ what Ellon Musk has documented call his Master Plan. Originally published on the Tesla blog in 2006, Ellon through a blog post documented Tesla’s Master Plan over the next 10 years. He then, in 2016 wrote a Master Plan Update blog that showed how they had done against the first master plan (pretty damn close actually!) and where they were going next. I simply loved how he just wrote it out in conversational form where he saw the vision going, and so I started doing that annually myself. I am into the 2nd year of doing it, basically just updating my master plan, it changes slightly but its cool to see it stay core to its original intent while the overall tactics take slightly different turns in the journey.
Sharing it? I share this with my team, typically annually.
Making it SMART? By keeping this in a live and editable doc and updating annually you are able to track performance year over year, are you on trajectory or off, and how do you need to course correct to get there.
Mid Term: Yearly Goals
Every January first, this comes around. What are your new year’s resolutions? Every year I set personal goals the first of the year. I also do this with our family and with Ryonet and Allmade, along with their relative teams. A year is a good time frame and unit of time to measure big projects that are important, lead towards your vision, but take longer than days to complete. Personally I review these with my accountability group 1x per quarter and around the same amount of time with my family. At work, we review our major goals and initiatives monthly and track performance on what we call a bowling chart, which keeps track of the major KPI’s set for each goal.
One thing that I have started doing is an annual year in review and what’s next. This closes out what we got done in the last year and what we want to do (goals) for the upcoming year. I do this as a blog post and it typically gets sent out to all of our customers in an end of year email, talk about making goals public. I have also started keeping my goals on my phone and having siri play them to me at least 2x per week in order to keep them top of mind. These are yearly goals. I would also do this with your vision too every quarter or so. The point of this is to keep these goals top of mind and your progress to achieving them thus, so you don’t get to the end of a quarter or a year and be like, what happened to the year. I didn’t get done what I wanted to??
Short Term: This Week
I like the time span of a week to keep track of what are the most important tasks/goals you are going to knock out this week, which helps you to your annual goals and towards you vision. I keep track of these goals on a goal board aka a SCRUM board which buckets things in do, doing and done. Do are things I want to get done this week, this year, etc. Doing is what I am going to work on today, and done, is done. I share these with my entire leadership team, influences, and my wife (about 22 people in total). I have my leadership team do the same thing to all of their peers and direct reports. These go out first thing on Monday AM! I balance this each Sunday or Monday AM with my calendar and also call out my week for these team members too.
What are you going to get done and what do you have to do? I find the good old task list to be the most effective at managing this. I personally use my note pad and check boxes to keep track of this or sometimes I send myself an email. The point is, write it down, ensure it fits in the priority of the day, and get it done! If I don’t get it done that day I typically transfer it over to my week board.
Running a system of making your goals helps you turn the goal process into a habit, which then will happen with consistency and regularity without using mental resources to get done. Habit creation is actually the most powerful and overall effective way to grow into the person and leader you want to become.
You have probably either seen a survey question at the bottom of your order confirmation or in an email after your item has shipped that asks you to give us a rating on how likely you would be to recommend Ryonet to a friend. This survey helps us receive our NPS Score, which in turn helps us improve the customer experience.
So What is an NPS Score?
A NPS Score, or a Net Promoter Score, is a simple tool that businesses use to gauge how well their business is doing in regards to customer satisfaction and experience. A simple survey question gets sent to customers asking them on a scale of one to ten, how likely they would be to recommend a given business to a friend. People who score your business a 9 or 10 are loyal enthusiasts and are called promoters. Those who score you a 7 or 8 are considered unenthusiastic customers and are called passives. Anyone who scores you a 6 or below is an unhappy customer and are called detractors. In order to get a total net promoter score, the percentage of detractors is subtracted from the percentage of promoters.
Along with telling us about the customer experience, a NPS score also helps predict growth because the higher amount of promoters you have and the higher your NPS score is, the more likely your customers will be recommending your business to people they know
How Does Ryonet Use our NPS Score?
Here at Ryonet, we use our NPS score as another way to gauge how well we are doing with customer satisfaction. If our NPS score is low, we make sure to delve into the problem and figure out what parts of our service are causing customers to be unhappy. From there, we work on fixing the problem(s). At Ryonet, we are all about being the best at getting better, and we want to constantly improve the service we give our fantastic customers. Please make sure to fill out the survey question when it comes. It helps us help you!
How Allmade is Helping to Bring Dignified People Dignified Work - YouTube
Allmade firmly believes that people need a hand up… rather than a hand out and by scrapping the old model of cheap production and cheap labor and moving towards opportunity and living wages, Allmade is proving you don’t need to settle for mediocrity. The company is providing dignified work to dignified people.
This founding group with the support of the rest of the screen printing industry have a unique opportunity to influence the apparel market by suggesting and offering socially and environmentally responsible alternatives to our customers – who often are unaware of the exploitative nature of t-shirt manufacturing and its environmental impact.
Twenty minutes on Google will teach you everything you need to know about the environmental damage done by cotton, plastic, and the profit-first practices of the apparel industry.
The Allmade story starts when we traveled to Haiti together. We experienced first-hand the economic and environmental devastation experienced by garment workers, and realized what a positive impact we could have by creating dignified living wage jobs that empower the proud people of Haiti to take care of themselves and their families.
We returned wholly committed to breaking the cycle of poverty and child abandonment in Haiti, while reducing our industry’s impact on the environment. We will do this first by making high quality, fashionable shirts that are a pleasure to print on and wear, and then by leveraging our industry influence to make Allmade a brand consumers ask for by name.
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We would love to have you join us on the mission to make it better. If you are interested in becoming an Allmade wholesaler, please check out the wholesale page. If you have any questions, feel free to send them over to email@example.com.
In this blog, Ryan Moor outlines the content for his talk at Printavo’s 2nd Annual Print Hustlers Conference that is hosted on July 21-22nd in Chicago, find out more and reserve your seat here.
I’m always excited to speak to groups about things I am passionate. The best speaking advice I have ever heard is from Tony Hseih of Zappos, when speaking, spend more building your passion and less time building your speech, your passion will come through and your speech will too. So when Bruce asked me to talk about leadership, goal setting, and building I decided to pick one that I was the most passionate about and that I hope could add the most value to every life here.
Last year I spoke about leadership, and how the natural form of leadership is to be brave, go first, and go with a conviction and in a direction that inspires others to follow. Leadership is then stepping back and supporting those who decide to follow you all the while moving up and down the line, sometimes playing the cheerleader in the middle, sometimes it is helping the one at the end up the mountain, and sometimes it is going first into battle.
Leadership is humility, courage, and selflessness. This year I am not going to talk about what leadership is, I am going to talk about what great leaders do in their life to support their role, growth, and ultimate success as a leader. Here are three things that I have found in my developing role as a leader and observed and learned from the leaders whom I aspire to be like.
Don’t forget to dream big
Make goal setting systematic
Find and make the right habits
In my experience there is a three part system that leaders employee in their lives and business cultures to create ongoing success. You can achieve some form of success by doing some of them and I know that from experience, but to get to your full potential as human and a leader they all have to present, working in unison, and pushing you forward and this is the experience I am a continual student of. Today, we are going to talk about not forgetting to dream big.
Don’t Forget to Dream Big
Everything starts with a dream and through that seed, amazing things can grow and become. Dreams form in your imitation through thought and imagery, the more real are, the real they become in actuality. When do you dream, where do you dream, how do you dream and how can you dream bigger and better.
When and Where to Dream
Some start life with wild imaginations, dreams of grandeur, stardom, and outer space ambitions.
Some, due to circumstances never knew what dreaming was because they were raised in a physical or mental state of scarcity not having the basic needs necessary in order to advance up Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and envision a better life for them or the world around them.
For those who once dreamt big, how do we relight and enhance that?
For those who never have, how do we start?
Dreaming is a very interpersonal, very quiet, and very exciting thing. Refining the process of dreaming can accentuate the power and effectiveness of it and greatly enhance the rest of your life. As a child, I remember first dreaming as a second grader about the grandeur of success and recognition on the mythical battlefields of my grade school.
There was the girl, a seventh grader who was so smart. She would walk past my 2nd grade room everyday to go over to the high school and study the tools, mostly comprised of tractors. I was infatuated with tractors and got several tractor magazines picking out the ones that would do the best job in the setting, in this case my high school playground. In my mind, late at night, and wee into the morning I would come up with these extraordinary scenes where our school is being attached. I organize all the students and their relevant tractors to create a giant fort with huge walls and moats, and then of course how I save the girl from impending doom.
As I got older the tractors changed to sports cars, then to tour buses, and now to private jets. The school yard battle turned into battle of the bands or national tours or the battlefields of business and now the battle for our world’s environment and equality for its people. It’s harder today than it was 30 years ago, but here are the things that I do in order to help me remember to dream big.
Dreaming is best done when your body is busy but mind is active, which allows your body and mind to operate independently, this is also the time when I come up with the best new ideas.
While running. My morning and evening runs are times when I hit the road and just think. My body is busy pounding the pavement, my mind is able to dream, create, and form the necessary connections between the two.
In the water. In the bath, shower, or hot tub while your body is being submerged or showed with warm water, its sense are engulfed, your mind is now free.
Household project time. When I clean (the house, the cars, the land scaping) I love to learn via audio book. When the audio book is done playing, I start dreaming, how to apply what I learned, going big like the hero’s I am listening to in the book.
Driving. This used to be more effective that it is now as now I use this for more learning time, which then turns into dreaming time.
As you nod off. Today it seems like sleep comes too quickly to dream as I am normally exhausted from the day, however, if you are a night owl and don’t fall to sleep earlier, try going to bed a little earlier and playing a movie of your future in your head vs checking your phone, working, or watching TV. You’ll be surprised where you will go and how easily it puts you to sleep.
Dreaming has to be visual and the best way to make it visual is to actually make it visual. If your dream is to own a private jet, get magazines or print out pictures of private jets. Whatever your dream is, get visuals of it, pin them, print them, virtually, physically and in areas where you can see them. This is where subscribing to a magazine,newsletter or podcast enhances the effectiveness of this technique because it keeps new content coming in every month or week.
Create a dream board, there are a ton of aps, websites like pinterest, or systems out there that allow you to pin your dreams, connect the dreams, and remind you of your dreams.
Stay tuned for Ryan’s next blog that goes over making goal setting systematic.
What better way to kick off a holiday than saving money? Fourth of July deals start now and last until July 8! From printing presses, to water based inks, and emulsion, we have you covered. You could even save up to $930 on a Riley 300 Press. Remember, as always Ryonet Band Members get better deals. So if you are not a band member, you will want to become one now.
If you haven’t heard, we are giving a 6×6 Riley 300 away to one lucky person who is committed to using it to give back to their community. But don’t let that stop you from purchasing a press now, this is the biggest sale on a Riley 300 ever, don’t let it pass you by!
If you buy a Riley 300 during the Fourth of July Sale and are the lucky someone that ends up winning the giveaway, we will take care of so you don’t spend unnecessary money. Best of luck, crank up the good vibes, & bring the positivity!
So, you are finally ready to get your screen printing business up and running but are on somewhat of a budget. You might be a little unsure of what equipment you should be getting your hands on, but no worries, we have you covered and think you should take a look at our Semi-Pro 4 Color Screen Printing Kit.
What’s the Deal with the Kit?
The Semi-Pro 4 Color Screen Printing Kit is a great way to jump into the screen printing business. This kit is perfect for people who want to screen print at home or in a smaller shop, for a band to print their merch, for the Etsy seller to produce their clothing, and much more. It comes with all of the supplies you need to print, such as a Riley Hopkins Jr 4 Color 1 Station Press, a flash dryer, exposure unit, and more. What is even better is that the kit is cost friendly and won’t break the bank. You will get the high-quality prints you want and need without shelling out loads of cash.
The semi-pro kit is designed for lower number runs. It can produce between 40-60 shirts per hour and is typically used for runs that include 50-200 shirts at a time. However, once you get the hang of printing, you can use this kit to print 200-2000 shirts per hour.
Geared towards shops who need a quality print but are on a starting budget, the Riley Hopkins JR table top 4 color press allows a screen printer to produce professional grade prints to help establish a foothold and credibility in the market. Whether you’re running at home, starting a small shop, or even doing live printing, the Riley Hopkins JR 4 color table top screen print press is a perfect and flexible solution for space and portability.
About the Ryo Flash
This 16″ x 16″ flash dryer features almost 1600 watts of power. It is simply and effectively constructed to ensure the least amount of problems and the longest lifespan.The flash dryer has a 10 foot power cord with plug, stand, and casters for easy maneuverability around the shop. It warms up in about 10 – 15 minutes.
About the Exposure Unit
The 16″ x 20″ table top exposure unit uses unfiltered UV black light which exposes a screen much faster than halogen or photo light. Also, by using the foam pad that comes with the unit and about 25 lbs of weight, you can create the positive pressure needed to sandwich your film positive and screen mesh to the exposure glass to ensure that fine detail, halftones, and crisp edges can be exposed without light working its way around the edge of the image like it would if positive contact was not sufficient.
Interested in the Kit?
Please give us a call at 1-800-314-6390 if you are interested in the kit and would like to talk to us more about it. One of our screen printing pros would love to hear about your needs and see if the kit is right for you.
Use These 5 Basic Marketing Design Principles to Elevate Your Screen Printing Business - YouTube
One of the very first things you need in order to successfully market to customers is high quality design that is marketing focused, such as logos, advertisements, banners, and flyers. Today, we go over five simple principles to remember when creating designs that help market your brand.
At Ryonet we love to educate first. With classes across the U.S., online design courses and thousands of how-to videos; education is the cornerstone of what we do. Join us and start #PoweringThePrint.