Reflections on Using GoalPOSTS©

Business Professionals

“What I like about Goalposts is that it provides structure and a clear process for what can otherwise be an unfulfilling dialogue between colleagues trying to find solutions to a variety of problems. I particularly like the use of ‘survey’ across all elements because it helps the dialogue be more reflective than is often the case.” (Training Director, NHS HSCIC)

“Goalposts is a tool which enables a self-manged approach, which in itself it is very practical. I like the circular methodology because I know that one goal feeds into another. Circumstances often change along the way and the fact that I can go ‘backwards and forwards’ legitimises my own thinking on changing actions or direction.”  (HR Lead, AT Investments)

“I’ve been using the Goalposts process to re-focus myself. I go back to it and review and update when I’m feeling stuck. I like using it because I can dip into any part of the process to review where I am and move forward from there. I don’t feel as if I have to just continue from the last point, I don’t feel hemmed in.” (Higher Executive Officer, Wolverhampton Council)

“I enjoyed using Goalposts, it’s a solid model.” (Managing Director, SME, high-tech surfaces manufacturer)

“I prefer to be self-directed in terms of how I function, but when I get stuck, Goalposts has helped me in finding the motivation to just get stuff done! I can imagine that a yearly subscription to a Goalpost scheme for self-employed people would be good and with access to fortnightly on-line reviews from a coach – have you thought about that?” (Self-employed Business Consultant)

NHS Professionals

“Even when people are ragingly unwell finding the glimmer of a goal or simply a reason for living, this can be lifesaving and move people to place of lesser distress or at least be there as a protection when needed. Goalposts could do this for specific groups. I see these as people with mild anxiety disorders and / or mild to moderate depression.” (Senior Counsellor, University College London)

“You are using the planning cycle with a slight variation similar to a PDSA cycle – Plan Do Study and Act. Often what needs to be added after that is a ‘check’ stage – in your model this is ‘Survey’ placed in the centre of the cycle. I like this. It means that you can revisit the plan if things are not working.” (GP, Mental Health Advisor, Big White Wall)

“The fact that you’ve included ‘Position’ is interesting. This introduces the concept of Mindfulness (understanding your ‘past’ and ‘present’, so as to manage your ‘present’ and create a different ‘future’). It provides the opportunity to adopt mindfulness therapies.” (GP, Mental Health Advisor, Big White Wall)

“Sometimes you just need to have a wobble when you’re not feeling on top of things. Goalposts has helped me to focus and not be concerned about stuff that actually I have no control over.” (Radiography Manager, Bedford (South Wing) NHS Hospitals Trust)

University Students

 “I know for a fact that postgraduate research can be chaotic, especially if one’s time management and organisational skills are lacking. The approach this model takes is exactly what helps students like me organise themselves” (Post-graduate student, Liverpool University)

“Many of my friends don’t even bother to plan out their tasks and activities, or they start working on tasks a day before the due date, and because of this, get stressed out and panic blaming everyone but themselves. Goalposts has helped me avoid this” (Post-graduate student, Liverpool University)

“I think the concept is great and it needs to be deployed in some sort of format which will not seem like ‘extra work’. If the university could integrate this as a component within existing university student platforms, I think it would be readily adopted” (Post-graduate student Liverpool University)

“This would be great for student mental health. Did you know that there’s an award University’s get for looking after the mental health of their students? They (the university) have to be proactive to ensure that they can keep the award, I think Goalposts would help them with that.” (Undergraduate student, University College London)

“As a post-graduate international student, where English is my second language, it can be hard to achieve the academic standard my family expect of me, let alone the university’s own standards…and they are high here. Regents attract some of the best international students and it’s very competitive. Goalposts is an excellent tool and it has given me a structure for identifying goals and achieving them that I haven’t had before. Thank you!” (Post-graduate international student, Regents Business School London)