The common problem of unrealistic project goals

Often, project leadership, whether motivated by a desire to please their superiors or simply inexperience, will adopt overly ambitious goals and scheduling. The result is chaotic: phones ringing off the hooks, walls plastered with notes and team members rushing from office to office with stress evident on their faces. 

A workplace operating in this manner will soon face significant consequences, including lowered employee engagement, a toxic culture and high turnover.

If this state of affairs sounds familiar, you are not alone. A Gallup Business Journal study found that only 2.5 percent of companies complete 100 percent of their projects in a given year. 

According to project management expert and blogger Elizabeth Harrin "transparency, organization, communication, and a methodical approach" are all needed to avoid unrealistic goals and keep projects from becoming derailed.

Splitting your team into smaller groups and implementing new communication channels could help to get more tasks completed on time, but if you lack the staff, an in-depth review of your organization's processes might increase transparency and efficiency.

Many organizations find themselves over-relying on institutionalized processes, and become more concerned with how to do the job than about the quality of the outcome. 

Working with a business management consultant can help identify where projects become derailed and establish new processes that fit the scope. Contracting the services of a consultant introduces a fresh perspective and an opportunity to benefit from experience outside of the organization's standard processes. 

Collaboration is imperative to success, and if deadlines are missed or budgets extend far beyond original scope, a fresh perspective can become invaluable in retooling your strategy for success.