Gong-Worthy Goals at Raizlabs

Good Luck Gong Good Luck Gong

[Image Credit]

We recently facilitated a roundtable event in Boston on "The Future of Performance Reviews" - We had some great presentations and discussions from local startup superstars like Next Jump, Raizlabs and Dyn.

One of the tidbits that came up was something mentioned by Gary from Raizlabs - Gong-Worthy Goals. At Raizlabs, employees declare a goal that is "worthy of banging the company gong.” By definition it needs to be something that is a significant stretch. They have a few of their own examples on their blog.

I thought this was a great idea. Aside from the endeavor of it, something else about it grabbed me. By declaring the goal within the company, you also get the buy-in of the team.

The thing about a Gong-Worthy Goal is that it’s a very personal endeavor that gets "updraft" from the support of others. Assists from the team can range from encouragement, a simple retweet or a useful network connection.

The nice thing about this is that people can collaborate and celebrate success in a new way. Not only do you want your peer to hit their gong - you've got their back trying to get there. And vice versa.

This introduces a novel team dynamic. New ties and situations where people will come together in novel ways. Maybe that Engineer who wants to create a industry-leading blog needs a steer from the marketing team. Or the team who's responsible for co-ordinating events. Or the CEO. This type of novel interaction is an crucial part of team-effectiveness and fostering innovation.

Sometimes finishing that obstacle course is as much about the encouragement and assists you get along the way.

About Culture Amp

Culture Amp helps you make your company a better place to work. By making it easy to collect, understand and act on employee feedback, we enable HR leaders to make better decisions, demonstrate impact, and turn company culture into a competitive edge.

Learn more