In the middle of a meeting with an executive leadership team, the COO yells, “we need to state our companies goals clearly, only then can the staff have the motivation to complete their work.” This is true and not-true at the same time. Much of the leadership development and planning literature states goal setting as if … Continued
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Goal Setting and achieving goals is impossible in an environment where the goal changes, moves as you make progress, you have little to no control over other people, who are required, to achieve the goal external forces (government regulations, laws) that change their focus are an intricate partner in controlling the goals or in completing … Continued
It has proven very useful to invest enough time for the definition of the goal. The more you talk about it, the clearer and more relevant it becomes. It is important to be very concrete when it comes to team goals and future actions.
The majority of problems within teams and organizations comes from unclear goals. Once the Goals are agreed upon and known developing the Roles and Procedures can happen.
There are many ways to create goals statements. What I find most effective is QQTR.
If performance metrics are established based upon the “feeling of the manager” then you will achieve misery, anger and fear…which is mutually exclusive of engagement.
One challenge of project and and team work is deciding when we are done.
If the goals are too small people feel micromanaged. If the goals are too large people are lost and unsure what to do, macromanaged.
Properly delegated Contextual Goals are Goldilocks Goals…They cannot be too big or too small. They are just right, and matched to the person.
Follow-up is about showing that the task is important and allowing the manager to better be able to predict the work-flow and longer goals that are keeping the company and team working.