Who Wrote These Vile Goals, Anyway?


Everyone wants to ask this question at least a few times during the year… the first time is usually toward the end of the first quarter.  Why?  Because it isn’t so easy to get them right!  Short story is you must start with an understanding of where your whole organization wants to go and how it plans get there.  Long story is there are so very many ways that goal completion can get off-track and become ineffective busy-work or another lost file-folder.

Here are a few, simple – but often neglected – ways to avoid getting lost on the way to effectively creating and completing company goals:

  • Insure your goals are documented as measured results and not as lists of actions; completing actions rarely guarantees producing targeted results.
  • Don’t overload your list; in the whirlwind of doing business, most groups can only manage 4-6 significant objectives throughout the year.
  • Prioritize regular celebrations of goal progress and evaluation – just do it; pulling over to find where you are on the map will never be as exciting as fighting the day-to-day traffic of to-do lists.
  • Create expectations and approval processes for adjusting objectives as your business realities and priorities change; every year people waste time and expect bonuses for completing obsolete goals.
  • Collaborate to identify all aspects of the organization that drive strategic goals and clarify individual team impacts; silos bury businesses!
  • Break goals into actions with assigned due-dates and owners; this is the translation into employee-performance language.
  • Require employees to share their methods for tracking completed actions and any additional efforts that impact goals; without credible tracking, you forget the details by year’s-end and, much worse, you can’t document or reward the extraordinary employee-efforts that drove your success.

If you need fresh eyes on your goal-setting practices, we have those eyes – and lots of experience finding the gaps in how performance management links to your strategic planning.  We can help you close those gaps and meet those critical objectives!

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