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I remember struggling earlier in my career with goal setting. I didn’t understand why I needed to track how I was getting better, as long as I was getting better. Then I joined a company where my overall performance score towards meeting my goals affected my annual bonus. I had to stop doing whatever my intuition told me to do and do whatever was going to accomplish my goals—even if it meant my overall impact would be less. This is how they were training us to think. It made me feel restricted, a lot like how I felt as a troubled, high schooler under-challenged and frustrated.
It was clear I needed to approach goals in a different way. They needed to align with my strategy and my passion projects in order for me to be truly happy in my job. So I learned how to make an impact early and how to turn my passion projects into revenue driving campaigns within my company, so that I could set goals around them.
Which is exactly how I ended up building my very first developer advocacy program (think leveraging your customer super fans, not #DevRel team), I turned a passion project—wanting to thank those that praised us—into a program that drove success in all teams of the company by finding ways to accomplish or contribute to accomplishing the company and team-level goals.
As a founder, or a creative person, it can be really easy to just do what your intuition tells you, but when you do that, it’s hard to set goals ahead of time, and build a strategy with a solid roadmap you can receive feedback and support on. When you take the time to really think about what will provide your company the biggest impact, you can begin writing goals that make it incredibly clear to your team what they should be focused on, and you will suddenly find yourself with more revenue, more active users, and a thriving developer audience.