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Setting goals, what to do???

post #1 of 7
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We have new management now at work the the environment is going corporate fast.
We have to set goals for ourselves for the next 90, 180 and 365 days professionally and personally. I am in a quandary as I have no idea what to write. I feel as I should not be the one setting goals, management should do that right?? I admit I am not a good leader but an excellent soldier, give me a job and it is done on time and under budget.

I have to submit them to him in a week or so and am fishing here for what I should set as my goals. As for personal stuff do I tell the truth? Yeah I want to keep my job so I don't lose my house. I want to work on my marriage that suffers because of my schedule. Do these count as goals? I keep my home life separate from work and I feel questions like this are somewhat intrusive and frankly I think it is none of their business. Anyone else in this situation? Any generic laundry list of goals I can look up?
I know what everyone is thinking, lower food cost, minimize overtime yada yada but that is stuff I am doing anyway. I am kind of freaked out because I feel he is doing this as part of our reviews, he told another manager when he hires people he asks them what 3 wishes they would have and depending on how they answer they get the job or not- some kind of personality test or something.

Any advice??
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post #2 of 7
personal info is just that.....including info on your marriage just reads wrong...

I've not had a corporate gig, but have had to develop goals.

If there's not a format then I'd not only put the goal but how you're going to achieve them, what quantifies success.....

Not knowing what all you do in the pastry dept nor what your expected to do kinda leaves alot to the imagination.

So, if I were developing goals today they would include:
1) marketing, increase business 25%
a) contact past clients with info about the website
b) personally contact secretaries/assitants who make catering decisions....drop them a box of brownies etc....appreciation
c) new seasonal menus on line

d) learn how to work the photo thingy on the computer so new pix can go up
e) start the farmer's market blog

2) Come up with list of writers and their contact info, have a list of stories/people sourced.....a cheat sheet on their interests

3) hire and train 10 more waitstaff.
write the friggin' manuel, ugh

4) design the waitstaff ties or logo on the button down shirts

5) Go through and write the curriculum from past culinary camps/classes

6) compile that recipes from the markets
contact guest chefs for permission to use their work

7) figure out what kind of cool serving equipment can be developed.
visit manufacturing sites
check out industry mags
check out websites

8) Professional Groups
stl culinary society
James Beard
ACF/chef d' cuisine
chef's collaborative
Southern Foodways

um, there very cursory.....should be fleshed out with timelines....
cooking with all your senses.....
cooking with all your senses.....
post #3 of 7
I hate this s**t! Some idiot goes to some management seminar somewhere and they come up with this crap to justify their own jobs. Anything to waste time The first time we did it, one girl thought they were joking. They wanted long and short term goals so she wrote her short term goal was to win the lottery and her long term goal was to live long enough to spend all the money. I thought she had the best answers of anybody. You're going to have to come up with some line of total bulls**t before they'll be happy. Come up with some line, twist it, expand it, drive it around the block a couple of times until they're so confused that they have no idea what you're talking about. They'll never ask you to do it again, trust me. Tell them you want to learn all the chemical properties of all the ingredients you work with which will satisfy both your personal and professional goals. You want to learn the chemical properties of all leavening agents and how they react with acidic and base ingredients when exposed to various levels of heat in order to produce a more aesthetically pleasing product for your customer base. There, that ought to do it. Expand on that and twist it up until it's completely ridiculous and makes no sense at which point they'll think you're a genius. You're welcome. P.S. Make sure you do this on their time. Clock in first. That'll teach 'em when they see how much money they wasted. If they are requiring this, they have to pay you for doing it. :D
post #4 of 7
I like his answer better.....
cooking with all your senses.....
cooking with all your senses.....
post #5 of 7
I think if your in a corporate setting, then you have to slip into stride with
all the other parts of this particular company. You are setting goals, that
you will achieve throughout the calender year, to collect your well deserved bonus. Its a structure, used for salaried employees. Things you might want to consider will be the things your superiors might be involved in that you are not. P&L's, risk management, cost control, continuing educations, light accounting, perhaps an excel class or course, evaluations for hourly employees, remodeling of the property or pastry shop, capital expense items,etc. If you are a line level employee, then it seems a little to
much to deal with and is really not appropriate, in my opinoin. Take it as its intended to be, constructive. Use it to your advantage. Good luck.
post #6 of 7
I like Greyeaglem's answer...

Sounds like the upper managememet is looking for fodder to support his position.

Personal life is just that--personal life.....

Of course you could let the ol' B.S flow and write somethng about "making it a point to contribute to the lowering of the of the overall labour cost and will make it a goal to reduce my working hours by X %".....
...."This whole reality thing is really not what I expected it would be"......
...."This whole reality thing is really not what I expected it would be"......
post #7 of 7
If you'd like a tool for setting your goals, you can use this web application:


You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, schedules and a calendar.
A mobile version is available too.
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