Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Avoid being tactical with your employees goal setting - Using SMART objectives framework

A problem that the current crisis is forcing upon us is short term focus. while this is key in order to ensure survival it could create what I call the "kiss of death" effect if we forget to keep innovating and getting ready for next 18 month ahead not just the quarter ahead

One area that can suffer big time this way is people development. And within that area discussing with employees their goals per half year is key to avoid just being tactical and also to give them a sense of sustainability

When talking to my employees about setting both objectives and then the measures for the H2 2009, they are struggling. In order to provide some guidance I did give them some reading on SMART objectives setting methodology

Here is one of them that I like from
George Ambler's website "the practice of leadership"

"Nothing happens until we plan and good plans have goals and objectives. Setting goals and objectives correctly provides the necessary support and aids in there achievement. Before we dive into how to go about setting SMART objectives, it’s important to understand that there is a world of difference between goals and objectives.

  • Goals relate to our aspirations, purpose and vision. For example, I have a goal of becoming financially independent.
  • Objectives are the battle plan, the stepping stones on the path towards the achievement of my goal.

Read more on George Ambler blog

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