I’d only just slumped back home after a tiring day when a colleague messaged to say that he’d heard a new term in a meeting he was at– ‘watermelon goals’. In the few seconds that followed, I travelled through a wide range of emotions for I’d found the very term I’d been looking for the entire day. Fate sometimes plays neat tricks!
I’d heard two stories during the day. The first one involved a goal review meeting where the goal had been marked as green. This caused a fair bit of confusion since no one had witnessed firsthand the benefits of the project. Naturally, more than a few questions were asked. The goal description included a link that claimed to provide further clarity. One click led to another and after chasing endless links down a rabbit hole, we landed on a page that with its minimal text made it abundantly clear that the goal was, in reality, bright red.
In a similar meeting later in the day, participants wondered how a particular ticket raised in the morning had been closed even though the issue hadn’t been resolved. The ticket was closed and marking as a ‘duplicate’ and included a link to the similar ticket. Same story, different setting. There were five tickets raised for the issue and each one had been closed, citing the other as the original ticket that would be tracked for closure. By now, I’d grown rather wary of links.
I realized that a few people exist solely to show us the myriad ways the system can be beaten. The term ‘watermelon goals’ couldn’t have entered my life at a more opportune moment. These goals are green on the outside, but when you cut it open and dig a little, bright red and juicy on the inside. Unless you keep your eyes open and care about results, these will likely slip unnoticed and cause an avalanche later. You’re probably telling yourself you’ve never come across a situation like this. Believe me, if you look hard enough, you’ll find them and once you’ve got ‘watermelon goals’ on your mind, you’ll realize that you will collide against them more often than you’d like.
Go hunt and come back to tell me stories of watermelon goals that you’ve encountered. Years later, they’ll be the stories you’d laugh at. Not yet, though.