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Goal setting is a common practice in organizations and can lead to improved performance and productivity. But many companies struggle to properly execute the goal setting process. Here are 5 tips to …

Goal setting is a common practice in organizations and can lead to improved performance and productivity. But many companies struggle to properly execute the goal setting process. Here are 5 tips to help you set and achieve goals.

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  • 1. 5 Fool-Proof Ways to Set and Accomplish Productive Goals AubreyDanielsBlog.com
  • 2. Goal setting is a common practice in organizations… If done well, goals lead the way to improved productivity and performance… Yet, most organizations fall victim to how they are executed. © 2013 Aubrey Daniels International, Inc. All rights reserved. 2
  • 3. Want to share one of these ways to set or accomplish goals? Click the at the bottom of each page to tweet a tip! © 2013 Aubrey Daniels International, Inc. All rights reserved. 3
  • 4. 5 Ways to Set and Accomplish Productive Goals 1 Keep it simple 2 Define clear, actionable behaviors 3 Set many, mini goals 4 Forget stretch goals 5 Celebrate! © 2013 Aubrey Daniels International, Inc. All rights reserved. 4
  • 5. Before We Begin: The Problem with Stretch Goals • Stretch goals don’t work! • It’s been proven, stretch goals are met only 10% of the time • Setting realistic goals that motivate employees to do more is more successful • The potential to deliver positive reinforcement is diminished with stretch goals © 2013 Aubrey Daniels International, Inc. All rights reserved. 5
  • 6. 5 Steps for Setting & Accomplishing Productive Goals 1 Keep it Simple Focus on just 1-2 things at a time. Trying to accomplish too many things at once prevents you from being able to do any one of them well. © 2013 Aubrey Daniels International, Inc. All rights reserved. 6
  • 7. 5 Steps for Setting & Accomplishing Productive Goals 2 Define Clear, Actionable Behaviors Think about what needs to be done to accomplish the goal. Break down the steps into concise actions you can take. © 2013 Aubrey Daniels International, Inc. All rights reserved. 7
  • 8. 5 Steps for Setting & Accomplishing Productive Goals 3 Set Many, Mini Goals To increase your probability for success, break big goals into smaller, more easily achievable ones. Positive reinforcement accelerates performance and therefore, the more reinforcement opportunities available, the faster and greater the improvement. As the saying goes, success breeds success. © 2013 Aubrey Daniels International, Inc. All rights reserved. 8
  • 9. 5 Steps for Setting & Accomplishing Productive Goals 4 Forget Stretch Goals Eliminate goals that are too hard to reach. Setting a goal too high and not reaching it quickly enough will only result in getting discouraged, and giving up. © 2013 Aubrey Daniels International, Inc. All rights reserved. 9
  • 10. 5 Steps for Setting & Accomplishing Productive Goals 5 Celebrate! Reward and recognize success every time a milestone or goal is reached. Recognizing even incremental progress towards a goal provides more frequent opportunities for reinforcement. The more reinforcement, the greater the likelihood the desired behavior will be repeated, and the more likely achievement of long-term goals will be made. Making accomplishments visible and sharing them publicly (when appropriate) creates more reinforcement from peers, groups, and management teams who recognize and acknowledge your success. © 2013 Aubrey Daniels International, Inc. All rights reserved. 10
  • 11. Think SMART A quick and easy way to remember the basics of goal setting is to think SMART: • Small • Measurable • Achievable • Relevant • Timely Follow these guidelines next time you have a goal to reach and see the difference you experience in getting results. ick and easy way to remember the basics of goal setting is to think SMART. Variations of this acronym are floating around business blogs and columns but © 2013 Aubrey Daniels International, Inc. All rights reserved. 11
  • 12. Learn More! Check out these resources including blogs, podcasts, and video on setting goals and getting things done. Can you tell we really don’t like stretch goals? • Blog: Goal Setting 101: Stretch Goals Might Kill Employee Motivation • Article: Why Stretch Goals Waste Time And Money • Podcast: Oops #2: Stretch Goals • Video: Productivity and the Premack Principle Want more advice and tips on workplace issues? Stay connected with us! © 2013 Aubrey Daniels International, Inc. All rights reserved. 12
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