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Share your goals—but be careful whom you tell

Source | m.medicalxpress.com

If you want to achieve a goal, make sure you share your objective with the right person.

In a new set of studies, researchers found that people showed greater goal commitment and performance when they told their goal to someone they believed had higher status than themselves.

It didn’t help people at all to tell their goals to someone they thought had lower status, or to keep their objectives to themselves.

These results run counter to a widely reported 2009 study that suggested telling other people your goals is actually counterproductive, said Howard Klein, lead author of the new study and professor of management and human resources at The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business.

“Contrary to what you may have heard, in most cases you get more benefit from sharing your goal than if you don’t—as long as you share it with someone whose opinion you value,” Klein said.

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