Tuesday, March 6, 2012

S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Goals

Developing goals both for the company and the team, as well as for individual performance improvement, are essential for business success.  Goals keep the team moving in the same direction.
The process of setting goals takes time and focus.  The following is the process that I created for effective goal setting:
S -  Set the intention:  Get clear on your goals; think about what success looks like.  Make a decision to take action and succeed.
M - Map out the plan.  Clearly define action steps, accountability partners and resources needed.  Determine some rewards for success.
A - Ask for help.  Have an accountability partner or team-up with someone.
R - Refrain the brain.  Keep focused on goals and avoid being distracted by the BSO's (bright shiny objects) that move you away from your goals.
T - Take the step and tell others.  When you act, and include others, it creates a sense of synergy and mutual support.  Take three steps every day toward you goals.  In one week, three actions become 15, and in one month you have accomplished 60 strategic actions.
E - Educate and evaluate.  Make sure that you have the information you need to succeed.  Evaluate success and progress.  Monitor your actions and the results on a regular basis.  Modify your action plan as needed.
R - Review and learn.  Review progress regularly.  Be patient and flexible.  Know that sometimes it will feel like you are not making progress...two steps forward and one back.  But the good news is:  You are still moving forward!

Working S.M.A.R.T.E.R. is more effective than just working harder!