The Importance of Keeping Track and Celebrating Achievements and Goals as a Team

Junior Project Manager, Evie, talks us through how Just R supports us to achieve our goals and progress as individuals.


When the term Fishikawa was mentioned multiple times in the Just R office shortly after I joined, my thoughts were ‘what IS a Fishikawa?!’ Then when it was explained that I would be tasked with creating my own I swiftly took to Google to ensure I wasn’t tasked with making an elaborate lunch dish for the team the next day.

Fortunately, for the team (my talents most definitely do not lie in cooking), Google told me that ‘The Fishikawa, formally known as the Ishikawa diagram, was created in 1920 and developed in 1960 by Kaoru Ishikawa to show the potential causes of a specific event’.

Named because it resembles a fish, the diagram has branches for ‘causes’ splitting into sub-branches; this takes on the appearance of bones in a fishbone structure.

The Fishikawa diagram simply presents problems/information in an easily interpretable, visual way; which is very useful considering that I (along with 65% of the population) am a visual learner. But with that, I was still a little confused as to how that relates to my work at Just R.

After a quick discussion and proper introduction with the team via a group presentation, it was outlined that here at Just R we use Fishikwa’s as a form of personal development tool. Instead of using the diagram to solve problems, we use it to attain goals, with each member of the office tasked with identifying a big audacious goal along with 4-6 smaller goals that will help create momentum towards the big target.The goals of every individual are entirely personal to them; no Fishikawa will be the same.

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The purpose of the Just R Fishikawa is to be more conscious of our goals, commit them to paper and most importantly share them with others. 

As someone who actively encourages taking positive approaches to every situation and being organised, I find setting goals helps me visualise where I want to be in the future. From there, I feel more relaxed and confident about the direction I am headed in. I am lucky to be surrounded by friends who also set goals and encourage me to achieve mine.

After much thought and deliberation, the goals I chose for my first Fishikawa are (I’m showing real, real commitment here!): 

  • Life goals – a first house🏠 and first dog  🦮 
  • Work goals – progressing to Project Manager and taking on another relevant further learning course in the future ✍️ 
  • Heart – doing at least one good deed a day💖
  • Spirit – attending yoga once a week🧘‍♀️and writing daily positive affirmations 
  • Head – learning a new language, preferably Italian 🇮🇹(I need to learn more than just ciao and how to ask for a pizza🍕if I’m going to be there for 2 weeks next year)
  • Body – Drinking more water daily🚰 (who isn’t guilty of this one, right?) and completing my Wainwrights (80 to go⛰)

I feel like they’re solid, attainable goals, however, I have begged my family for a dog for years (I’ve even tried my luck to get Alpacas instead!) so this one feels like my furthest away goal but I’m determined I’ll get there eventually. Each of my goals is really important to me in a different way; for example, my hiking has allowed me to experience and see things I never would have, meet some amazing people (who I am SO lucky to now call my best friends) and even inspire/influence others to go to the places I have. Without having my goals in place, would I be as motivated?

The team attends a monthly meet-up in pairs to discuss our progress, share experiences and set new goals which can be done over a coffee, a walk, or even over lunch. Now anyone who knows me knows you don’t have to ask me twice if I want a coffee!

As well as promoting self-development, Fishikawas breed teamwork, motivation and the praise of colleagues.

I am BIG on teamwork and good vibes (thanks to Myers-Briggs and Maslow) and arguably, I believe the most vital part of a successful workplace with high motivation is effective collaboration and positivity.

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Also, Fishikawas aren’t just for the office; I’m finding myself making decisions based on my own goals more often, consciously thinking ‘does this contribute to attaining my goal?’ You find you make better, more calculated decisions when taking your Fishikawa into consideration and even become more encouraging and supportive of family & friends to achieve their own goals.

I firmly believe that all workplaces should implement support mechanisms like the Just R Fishikawa goal-setting plans and regular catch-up sessions, driving individuals to commit to and follow through on goals (life and work) whilst providing regular touch points to measure momentum and progress. The results of which I believe will provide long-term, sustained improvement in the team’s communication, collaboration, motivation, and positive attitude.


By Evie Hiddleston,

Junior Project Manager, 22