Clear, actionable goals.
For most of my professional life, this phrase, or some version of it, has been bounced around at more meetings than I can even remember.
For some organizations, having clear, actionable goals are as good as achieving them at all, "We said we're going to do this, and darn it, that's good enough!"
Other places use them as an insurance policy against laziness, "We said we're going to do this, we're not doing it, darn it, that isn't good enough!"
However, applied, clear, actionable goals are ultimately nothing but realistic wishes.
Even in hockey, a game built around clear, actionable goals (usually, scoring them), what a team works to achieve is often nothing but a wish based on observable data.
So, each month, we will be throwing out some clear, actionable goals for the Detroit Red Wings.
As such, we won't be looking for Johan Franzen to score three hat-tricks, or Jimmy Howard to give up one goal during the month.
Those things would be cool, but, they're not going to happen.
No, our wishes will be a bit more down to earth, but no less satisfying should they come true.
With the Wings' set for a herky-jerky season start, they have just nine games in October, six of these back-to-back affairs, wishing for them to continue their winning streak to start the month would be a worthwhile ask, but not very interesting, or debatable.
Instead, we offer these three wishes for October.