Why Not Set SMARTER Goals for 2019?

SMART goals are usually attributed to Peter Drucker’s Management by Objectives concept. The principal advantage of SMART goals is that they are easy to understand and you can easily see as and when you achieve them – or not.

SMART is an acronym, which usually stands for:

S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Achievable
R = Realistic
T = Time-bound

You’ve no doubt heard of SMART goals and have probably used them before. But what about SMARTER goals?

E = Ethical. If one of your goals is to work your way up the corporate ladder, can you do it without harming anyone else in your organisation? If your goal is to increase the profit margin in your business, would you achieve that at any cost? Or is there an ethical way of doing it?

R = Resourced. Do you have all that you need to achieve your goals? If not, what resources do you need? If you’ve set goals for your team members or employees, have you given them the resources that they need to be able to achieve them? Make sure that the time, skills, funds and other resources are available, or the goals will not be achievable.

So when you’re setting your own goals for 2019, or working with your team to set goals for them, don’t just set SMART goals, set SMARTER goals!

What are your SMARTER goals for 2019? Get in touch to share them.

Watch and Learn

I have recorded a couple of short videos that will help you to achieve your goals and you can watch them here.

How Do You Help People Set SMARTER Goals?

Here are three tips to help you support other people to set and achieve their goals:

  • Look for opportunities for people to write their own goals that you can then fine tune, rather than giving your team goals over which they have no control. It’s far better for people to ‘own’ their goals rather than trying to deliver on ones that have been developed by someone else
  • Reviewing goals is not a yearly activity. Take the time to do it at least monthly with members of your team. Don’t just file away the goals – use them to manage performance
  • Recognise and reward your team members for achieving their goals. This can range from a simple thank you to a financial bonus.

Take the time now to think about what you want to achieve in 2019 and what you need your people to achieve. Put some SMARTER goals in place and you will have a much better chance of reaching your goals in 2019.

Wishing you a very successful 2019!

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