SMART goals have been used for a long time. I have been learning and executing the past year. Here is my summary of using them, which when combined with other tools for managing and tracking are pretty good!
- Deliver Desired Outcomes -
Personalize for your company
Personalize for yourself
Why SMART Goals?
“Gut feel” makes you “feel good” but may not deliver
“Measured” success delivers results and desired outcomes
“Measured” lack of success provides a path to refine and
success to “measured” success
SMART goals are a proven method
I suggest personalize them for your company and yourself
What are SMART Goals?
Note: Results Oriented and Relevant are interchangeable for the
“R” and should be “personalized” for your business or yourself
How do you personalize?
For your company
Tie the goals to the company, department, & function mission
Define specific outcomes desired
Limit to 3-5 specific items per quarter
Designed for career planning not “home” life
Careers take strange paths at times, but SMART goals for your
career can prepare you for periodic measurement
Be honest with yourself, always include achievable and stretch
The web: there is much written on SMART goals
Not every SMART goal program works or fits the culture
Do some research, look for low hanging fruit to make small
step changes on a quarterly basis
Refine and refine until consistency and desired outcomes
are achieved on an ongoing basis
Never settle for “ok, always drive for “best-in-class”
Personalized Productivity is an inherent benefit