As Roman philosopher Seneca wrote years ago “If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable”
While goals may change they usually won’t change too dramatically throughout a week or a month.
Five reasons why it is important to look at goals are:
- Goals set an orientation point to which we aim
- Goals help us locate where we want to go?
- Provide a point to which we orient towards.
- Help a team move in alignment, and have clarity on their priorities;
- Allow us to measure our progress.
While there are many different planning frameworks out there, SMART Goals continue to be a favorite framework. Do a litmus test to see how your goals are:
Specific – What exactly the the goal? the more specific the better. Rather than just saying you want to increase sales, a more specific goal would be to increase sales by 25% in the Eastern region particularly through the sale of
Measurable – how are they quantified? When and how will you measure?
Achievable – Can we make them happen with some stretch? When goals are unachievable we may leave them by the wayside.
Relevant and resonant – how are goals connected with what is important to us? How resonant and aligned are they with where we want to go
And finally , timebound. What’s the timeframe on this process?
What myths do you hold at your organization, or in your team, around goals?
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Have a great start to your week,
Jennifer Britton, MES, PCC, CPT
Potentials Realized - Leadership and Team Development, Coaching, Retreats
Author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013)
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