Target SMART Goals for College Success

 Goal Setting targetUnderstand SMART goals to get you on target for success!

SMART goals can be used  for anything from a long-term goal of graduating with a certain GPA, to a short-term goal like the best way to make your student leadership groups next fund-raiser a shining success. Specific – Precisely describe the goal. Remember, they must know exactly where the target is in order to hit it. Measurable – Quantify your goals. This inspires people to stay on track because they can readily see how far they’ve come, and how much further they have to go. Attainable – Aim high, but not so high that the objective is unreachable. If you want to stretch your group, ask their opinion, and get their agreement. Do reserve the right for you as a team to revisit the goals and set new objectives as necessary. Realistic – Has the objective been reached before? If not, you may want to take a second look. Time limit – Have a date when your goals will be met. The old saying is that goals without a deadline are just dreams. Along with developing SMART goals, Student Leadership Teams should collaborate and use it to their advantage. Hook up with others and brainstorm “best practices” together. Working together, you are much more powerful than when working alone. Putting your heads together allows you to share common concerns and learn from the mistakes of others. Also, you can run ideas by this group before presenting them to your own team. Combining collaboration along with SMART goals will help you troubleshoot and iron out all kinds of problems you might be facing.

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College Success Speaker, Crystal Jonas- Bio Link

Hi, I’m Crystal Jonas, As a former academic advisor and assistant professor at the United States Air Force Academy, I know what it takes to make college students more successful, and enjoy school whole lot more. Ask about speaking or coaching for your students or faculty. Call me at 719- 291-0366.

Don’t do it All Yourself – Delegate Those Resposibilities

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Students In leadership positions too often make the mistake of doing all the work themselves – ————————————————–Stop This and allow others to help!

There are three main reasons for this. First, you don’t have the time to do everything yourself. Second, you are not, nor do you need to be, great at everything. That’s what leadership is for. Find the best student who would be naturally perfect for the job and delegate the task to him or her. Third, when you delegate work to others, you show that you trust them to do well.

Most students do not like to be micromanaged. You know what that’s like. Your boss gives you something to do and then hovers over you, asking questions about how it’s going every five minutes, giving you ideas on how best to do it.

So, once you do turn over the task to another student, get out of the way and don’t micromanage.

Your success rises and falls with your ability to lead people. As you follow this tip, make sure that you are choosing the right student for the job.  Allow your people to play to their strengths and to take on duties where they will naturally shine.

They will appreciate the faith you place in them and the respect you show them by asking them to take part in the project.

Play to Team’s Strengths!

When you delegate to fellow students, make sure you’re assigning tasks based on the strengths of your team.

Let’s say you’ve got a task that involves interacting with the local radio stations. Not a good idea to ask your biggest introvert to take this on, when clearly this is a job for your gregarious extrovert. Save that wonderful and quiet student for a behind the scenes role.

Make sure you listen to every student, watch, and pay attention to not only what each team member enjoys doing, to what she’s actually good at.

Here are some questions to ask yourself when choosing the right student. Does the job require

  • Someone who works better with people or with paper?
  • An idea generator or a maintainer?
  • A short-term or a long-term commitment?
  • A creative thinker or a literal thinker?
  • A veteran or a newbie?

When you assign tasks to students, let them know that you thought of them for that job because you’ve seen how well they’ve done in similar responsibilities. Your belief in them will bolster their self-esteem and research has shown us that people tend to live up to our expectations of them.


College Success Speaker, Crystal Jonas- Bio LinkHi, I’m Crystal Jonas,

As a former academic advisor and assistant professor at the United States Air Force Academy, I know what it takes to make college students more successful, enjoy school whole lot more.

Ask about speaking or coaching for your students or faculty. Call me at 719- 291-0366.

Until Next Time,

Crystal Jonas

Place Your Attention on Solutions, Not Problems

Leadership is about Solutions, not Excuses!

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Be solution focused and you will be unique among your classmates and in the corporate world. Too few people think about how to solve a problem. They’d rather just sit around and complain about it. And I’ll bet you know plenty of people who are really good at complaining, don’t you?

True leaders are willing to do things others aren’t.

One thing they’re willing to do is to not sit around whining about what went wrong and whose fault it is. A key to leadership is to always give to the team credit for any great feat they accomplished, and also take the hit when something they do goes less than great. Your standing up and taking the blow will earn you many loyalty points.

Take responsibility for your leadership. Learn from the experience and move on.

Let others see and hear you staying solution focused.

Discuss the problem only long enough to define it so that you can move onward and upward.

Anyone moving forward will make mistakes. The key question is how quickly do you recover?


 

College Success Speaker, Crystal Jonas- Bio LinkHi, I’m Crystal Jonas. As a former academic advisor and assistant professor at the United States Air Force Academy, I know what it takes to make college students more successful, enjoy school whole lot more.

Ask about speaking or coaching for your students or faculty. Call me at 719- 291-0366.

Accept Compliments for Others if Not for Yourself

You are Beautiful complementA participant in one of my seminars that I give for college groups called “College to Career Jump-start” told me he doesn’t like to get compliments, and told his boss where he had a summer intern job not to bother because they aren’t necessary.

Wrong attitude. Always graciously accept a compliment!

 

Especially troublesome in this particular example is that this man was part of a team of 12 people who accomplished the task he was being complimented for. So the compliment wasn’t just for him, it was also for his team!

Allow people to say nice things about your work any time they want. Just make sure your share that compliment and say something like “Thank you! The team put a lot of thought into it. I will be sure to pass your comments on to them.”

Not only is that the gracious thing to do, it’s what a true leader would do.

This takes away nothing from you, by the way. The average person knows that it’s because of your leadership that the team was able to reach such stellar results in the first place.

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College Success Speaker, Crystal Jonas- Bio Link

Hi, I’m Crystal Jonas,

As a former academic advisor and assistant professor at the United States Air Force Academy, I know what it takes to make college students more successful, enjoy school whole lot more.

Ask about speaking or coaching for your students or faculty. Call me at 719- 291-0366.

Send a Thank You Note, The Praise Means More than you Think!

Thank You Letter for Praising PeopleStudents in leadership positions should send letters to praise people for their efforts, and students should put their thanks in writing.

 

 

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.You already know how simple courtesies help you make a positive, powerful impression in the workplace. This is a gracious action that will distinguish you with your peers and your supervisors, both with the teams you lead in school and in the future,

Take Time To Send Out Thank You Notes!

Not only can you praise people in public, you can send a thank you note as well. How rare it is to get a thank you note these days, especially those that come through snail mail. So few people take the time to send these. If you do, you will be admired and respected.

It really doesn’t seem to matter if the thank you note is typed or handwritten. The most important thing is to get that thank you note to the person in a timely fashion (1-2 business days).  Personalize the note in some way so that the person remembers who you are.  Try making the note about something the person said or likes.  It will let that person know you cared about what they thought.

Remember to say exactly what you’re praising the person for and how it helps your team. Email, Facebook, etc. are getting more prevalent, but in my book, you should always follow up that sort of thank you with a “snail-mail” version.

Of course the best approach is to send each person from a group a personalized thank you note. However, keep this in perspective!  If you’re thinking you’ve got to send one to all 100 student volunteers that helped out at a campus concert, you may be finding that mass email the way to go (yeah, forget about what I said in the previous paragraph). Do me a favor though , try and personalize some of the thank you notes alright?

You know another really special thing to do? Send a thank you note to this person’s parents. Your thoughtful actions will become legendary. So few people think enough to even say “thanks” anymore, much less to express their thanks in writing.

Please, don’t forget this thoughIt is always a great idea to openly praise people.  Instant, verbal praise, especially in front of others will send big rewards your direction. Again, always make sure your comments are sincere and focused on a specific action.

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College Success Speaker, Crystal Jonas- Bio Link

Hi, I’m Crystal Jonas,

As a former academic advisor and assistant professor at the United States Air Force Academy, I know what it takes to make college students more successful, enjoy school whole lot more.

Ask about speaking or coaching for your students or faculty. Call me at 719- 291-0366.