Newsletter – October 16, 2019
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5 ways to make goal-setting less painful
Autumn brings out scarves, boots, and pumpkin spice everything. At TMC, it represents the start of our goal-setting season. Goals are a powerful way to clarify priorities, stick to your intentions, and empower team members by showing how their work ties to the big picture. Clients tell us that the single biggest challenge they have is that goal-setting takes too much time and effort. We’ve updated our guidance on goal-setting with a particular focus on reducing the time it takes to craft them. Here’s a summary of our advice:
- Don’t start with a blank slate: Use last year’s goals as your starting point and supplement it with other documents such as organizational goals and your job description.
- Use your words: Don’t get stuck trying to craft the perfect metrics. Start by closing your eyes and imagining what outstanding success would look like at the end of next year, and write that down. (It’s OK to open your eyes for the writing part.) You can incorporate numbers as more information becomes available.
- Make the goals SMARTIE from the get-go: Bake your commitment to equity and inclusion into the results you seek to achieve.
- Create work blocks for writing goals: Don’t let goals-writing become an unending task. Put down work blocks and stick to them.
- Use litmus test questions to test the quality of your goals: Your goals should live comfortably at the corner of Ambition Avenue and Reality Road. Test to make sure you are committing to goals that are doable and represent significant progress.