If a goal is too extreme, people won't try. If it's too easy, people won't care or see it as meaningful. People need to feel they can be successful which includes the notion of them having or being able to build the skills to achieve the goal as well as having the resources and support required to achieve it.
- Another characteristic of a good goal…is that that goal is achievable.…If a goal is too extreme, people won't even try.…You may have heard of the term, big hairy audacious goals.…That sounds great.…Let's set a huge goal for the team…and they'll try really hard to achieve it.…The thing is those types of goals can be very demotivating.…The team looks at it and they say,…"We don't even have a chance, we're guaranteed to fail…"so you know what, forget it, I'm not even gonna try."…Now, if a goal is too easy, people won't…care about it or see it as meaningful.…
"Oh, 1% improvement, no problem, I can do that in my sleep."…And then what happens, they don't focus on it…and they fail to have any impact.…You need to balance how achievable a goal is.…It can't be too easy.…It can't be too hard.…People need to feel like they can be successful,…which includes the notion of them…having the skills or being able to build the skills…required to achieve that goal.…You'll also need to make sure that they have the resources…and support available to achieve it.…
Along with providing guidance on how to link individual employee goals to organizational strategy, Mike walks you through the different types of goals, including bottom-up, zero-based, commit, and stretch goals. He also helps you use goals to change behaviors, build new skills among employees, and make goals actionable by using incentives and tying them to specific activities. He concludes with a comprehensive plan for setting and implementing goals, and some tips on dealing with challenges such as conflicting goals.
- Identify, set, and track SMART goals.
- Link goals to business strategy.
- Build goals from the bottom-up or the top-down.
- Create stretch goals.
- Review and revise goals.
- Reconcile conflicting goals.