Now that the new year is in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about where your company is headed this year. No doubt, you have big plans for 2019, but your team won’t achieve them without a robust set of goals.
By this point in your career, you probably realize all goals aren’t created equal, so you need to put a lot of thought into the planning process. Here’s some advice to help create objectives that accomplish real results.
4 Tips to Set Goals for Your Team
Make Them S.M.A.R.T.
Vague goals are made to be broken. As the boss, it’s your job to lead the team to success, so you need objectives designed to make an impact. Creating S.M.A.R.T. — specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound — goals is the best way to accomplish this.
S.M.A.R.T. goals improve employee focus and motivation, because they leave no room for interpretation. Each objective clearly states what needs to be done and by when, ensuring everyone is on the same page.
Involve the Entire Group
You’re the boss, but your employees are also invested in the company. After clearly defining your 2019 vision for the organization, gather the team and create specific goals as a group.
Since employees from all aspects of the company will be present, you’ll be able to set reasonable goals that can actually be accomplished. Plus, including people in the goal setting-process will make them feel valued. This fosters a sense of pride and ownership that will inspire them to work hard to accomplish every objective on the list.
Monitor Results Together
Setting goals for 2019 is only the beginning of the process. Even employees with the best of intentions can become distracted by competing priorities that put these objectives on the sidelines.
Avoid this by scheduling a recurring monthly team meeting to review the process made toward shared objectives. Knowing the results will be reviewed at the meeting will inspire people to stay focused.
Don’t Be Afraid to Make Changes
Goals should never be set in stone. If monthly progress meetings reveal a certain approach isn’t working or the external business environment make some objectives no longer relevant, there’s nothing wrong with changing course.
Being adaptable is the only way to succeed in business, because you have to be able to respond to current conditions. Instead of feeling like any progress the team made — or didn’t make — was a waste of time, consider it a learning experience and move on.
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