2 SMART Goals Specific Measurable Attainable Relevant Time-Bound 3 Think about it. In absence of clearly defined goals we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia. Unknown 4 Five major functions of management
The planning and controlling functions of management often receive less attention in general- than they should. One way to more effectively fulfill these two functions is through effective goal setting.
5 A few ground rules Definitions Mission A statement defining the function and purpose of an organization. Goal Broad abstract statement describing an ideal intent state or condition. Objectives Specific statements that describe desired behavior in measurable terms and acceptable criteria of performance.
People work better if they know what the goals of the organization are.
If people have clear ideas about what they hope to accomplish then their chances of accomplishment are enhanced.
Intrinsic goals produce more energy then extrinsic goals therefore people will work better if they set the goals for their own jobs.
Progress is measured in terms of what one is trying to make progress toward.
People are more comfortable in their job situation when they know how they will be evaluated.
A goal is a precise statement of a desired state of affairs that includes the following
It is realistic attainable feasible yet provides challenge and growth.
It has a target date for completion.
It has measurable results.
It is clear specific and understandable.
It is meaningful and relevant.
It is beneficial.
It is flexible and has more than one method of attainment.
6 The process of goal setting is similar to solving a problem Why - Clarify the needs and purposes that are the basis of your goals. What - Generate the possibilities and narrow down the alternatives to the ones you intend to pursue. When - Identify when planning work sessions and the actual event will take place. Where - Determine locations of events. Who - Delegate responsibilities equally to all members. How - Decide how you will implement the selected alternatives. 7 Now get SMART! 8 Get - Specific Specific - A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. This is where the the Problem Solving Analogy can be applied Why - Clarify the needs and purposes that are the basis of your goals. What - Generate the possibilities and narrow down the alternatives to the ones you intend to pursue. When - Identify when planning work sessions and the actual event will take place. Where - Determine locations of events. Who - Delegate responsibilities equally to all members. How - Decide how you will implement the selected alternatives. Goals should be clean and unambiguous vagueness and platitudes have no place in goal setting. Specific goals are also measurable there must be some way to objectively measure success or failure! 9 Get ready to Measure!! A goal is of use only if it can be measured. Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set. When you measure your progress you stay on track reach your target dates and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued effort required to reach your goal. To determine if your goal is measurable ask questions such as......How much How many How will I know when it is accomplished 10 Attainable be realistic Goals need to be reasonable and achievable. Attainable goals are also ACTION-ORIENTED. Its much easier to measure things being done. What are the action-steps youll take in the process of achieving your goal Set priorities for your goals. A major part of successful living lies in the ability to put first things first. Indeed the reason most major goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first. Robert J. McKain 11 Relevant - do the goals fit Goals must be an important tool in the grand scheme of reaching your desired Mission and Vision for the organization. Another way to define relevant is that a a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A relevant goal is also realistic. Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished. Additional ways to know if your goal is realistic is to determine if you have accomplished anything similar in the past or ask yourself what conditions would have to exist to accomplish this goal. I dont know the key to success but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. Bill Cosby 12 Time-bound a START and a FINISH Goals must have definate starting points and end points. Commitment to deadlines helps build the pressure that aids in building the motivation necessary for success! Goals without deadlines can be easily overtaken by the day to day crises that invariably arise within an organization. Time is that quality of nature which keeps events from happening all at once. Lately it doesnt seem to be working. Anonymous 13 Goal setting tips
Goals and objectives are a road map to successful management
You need a map to know where youre going and whether you have accomplished it or arrived at your destination.
Make a list of activities and priorities needed to accomplish your goals and then schedule your time!
Planning is essential and must be done every day.
Goals change with time dont let change be a stress in your life!
14 The importance of celebration! Balance is an important force in nature. To ensure balance within an organization it is critical that success must be celebrated in a timely and rewarding fashion. The opposite side of this balance is correcting and re-working the the goals that were NOT achieved. These two forces correction/re-alignment of goals and celebration of success must be kept alive and in careful balance if the health of an organization is to be preserved! Both personal and employee motivation will increase and decrease over time making sure that successes are ALWAYS rewarded will help keep the excitement alive! Ability is what youre capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. Lou Holtz This one step -- choosing a goal and sticking to it -- changes everything. Scott Reed
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