SMART Goals is a term used to define goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound. It is important that these types of goals are set with a protégé. This video delivers three steps to setting SMART goals in a mentoring relati
- Research shows that just setting a goal can help you get what you want, personally and professionally, so let's dive into three steps to help a protege use SMART goals. First, teach your protege what SMART goals are all about, and walk them through a personal example. For example, recently my protege shared with me that she wanted to develop more executive presence, and she felt that to make this happen, she needed to get into better shape.
I told her about the five components of SMART goals, and she set some goals using this framework. S is for specific. My protege decided she was going to do cardio four times a week, and hold plank pose a minute every day. M is for measurable. You can measure your cardio by how many times you do it, like say swimming for an hour. A stands for actionable, in the sense that you can take actions to meet your goal, and you care and are committed to this goal.
R stands for realistic, and according to goal setting theory, a goal should be difficult, but not impossible, to achieve. For example, a one minute plank pose is challenging, but not impossible, whereas a five minute plank pose, well that's impossible (laughs). And, finally, T is for timebound in a sense that a goal needs to tell us how much by when. Second, help your protege set their own goals. In order to stick with a goal, a protege must be committed and really care about it.
To help with this process, I ask questions like, imagine you had a time machine, and you could catapult yourself into your ideal future. Now, where do you see yourself, ideally, in six months, one year, five years? Sometimes when I ask this question, I see a panicked look of horror that comes into my proteges eyes, and they say, "I don't know!" So then I ask, if you did know, what would it be? This might sound kind of weird and sneaky, but it's actually kind of freeing and usually works.
Third, challenge your protege to identify their top two or three values. One easy way to do this is to give them a list of core values, and ask them to choose which three are most important, and set goals that would bring these values to life. For example, I had a protege whose professed core value was balance, and yet, she was working almost 80 hours a week in consulting and having terrible mom guilt. Just by clarifying her values, she was able to set SMART goals that really connected with her true desires.
Setting SMART goals is a great way for your protege to develop clarity around their next professional steps, and develop your mentoring relationship.
She also offers guidance on building trust and chemistry, providing feedback, and helping your protégé make critical career and work decisions and become resilient in the face of challenges. She also helps you address common obstacles, including a protégé that fails to meet expectations or violates trust, and explains how to gracefully exit the relationship.
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- Building a relationship with your protégé
- Talking and listening with impact
- Giving feedback
- Developing trust
- Setting goals
- Developing your protégé's skills
- Managing mentoring relationships
- Overcoming common obstacles
- How to make time for mentoring