Anthony from Hong Kong loves projects which involve team sports.
Dragon boat racing, organizing soccer tournaments and getting a team up and running (at very short notice) for a sedan chair race*. Even when he was not engaged in sports, Anthony convinced colleagues to join the talent show at the UBS Hong Kong Charity Dinner.
We asked Anthony about the role goal setting plays in meeting such challenges.
Aim high and have a plan
"I like getting involved in projects that combine sports, meeting people and being part of a team, because I enjoy the challenge, collaboration and fun that are part of them," says Anthony.
However, enthusiasm is not enough to start the ball rolling. "Without clear goals and a plan, motivating team mates and achieving team goals would be so much harder," he adds.
Playing soccer is a case in point: before starting a match, both individual players and the team as a whole must be aware of their respective objectives and of the game plan. Nonetheless, everyone must be flexible and collaborate with each other, because nobody has full control of what is going to happen.
"Actually, from that point of view, playing soccer in a team is not that different from my daily work as a private banker: like soccer, my work involves clear goals, much planning and collaboration with colleagues," Anthony explains.