In September 2022, the UN released a report on the progress of gender equity worldwide. They forecast that at the current rate, it will take 286 years to close gender gaps in legal protection and remove discriminatory laws.
What can we do if we are not willing to wait for 3 centuries to reach gender equality?
After 20+ years working for corporations, I’m well acquainted with SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound) goals. This is how you set annual objectives, 5-year plans, and roll out a new initiative.
However, in my last blog post, I wonder what would have happened if Mahatma Gandhi, Emmeline Pankhurst, Nelson Mandela or Florence Nightingale would have been forced to use SMART goals to achieve the kind of transformations they led within they lifetime.
I theorise that unable to share a detailed business plan, they would have given up.
The solution? I posit that for truly advancing DEI, we need to embrace impossible goals.
In 2022, I coached five women and nonbinarypeople that got promoted. In 2023, my impossible goal is to coach another 50 woman and underrepresented people to get the promotion they deserve!
Is it a SMART goal? No.
Do I know exactly how to achieve it? No.
Will not knowing how to achieve it stop me from trying? No.
Is it worth it? Absolutely yes!
BACK TO YOU: What’s your impossible goal in 2023?
Let me know in the comments!