How we create goals
We want to include you in the goal-making process to create goals with purpose. You will have the chance to be part of this in the Direction Phase. We also want to make sure you have clarity about your responsibilities. According to a study from the Dominican University, people who write their goals down are 42% more likely to achieve them.
To help you create clear goals, we suggest using the SMART approach:
Okay, let’s put this into practice. In this example, the goal is to increase the performance of using English in business conversations.
Specific: I received poor feedback on my ability to use speak assertively and clearly, especially during presentations. English is my second language, and it is sometimes challenging to find the right words. Improving my skills requires that I learn more job-specific vocabulary and practice using it in conversations. I would like to be more proficient in six months.
Measurable: By the time of my next review, I should be able to create presentations that are fluent and concise. I should also be able to pronounce business vocabulary correctly. The mistakes in emails are going to decrease by 80%.
Attainable: Improving my language skills is instrumental in moving forward in my career and receiving a better performance review. I can set time aside every week to learn job-specific words and even enroll in an online class that can teach me new skills. I can also practice with my coworkers and let them give me feedback.
Relevant: I need my language skills every day. As I move up in the company, I’ll need to be more concise with my articulation, especially in presentations. I enjoy my career and want to continue to grow within this company.
Time-bound: In six months, I should be proficient in speaking English with the correct pronunciation of job-related vocabulary. In short: To grow in my career, I need to improve my language skills. By taking online classes and reviewing tutorials, I’ll improve my language skills so that I make only 20% of the mistakes of what I do now. Milestone: Complete an online language course in three months. Deadline: Next employee review in six months.
In short: To grow in my career, I need to improve my language skills. By taking online classes and reviewing tutorials, I’ll improve my language skills so that I make only 20% of the mistakes of what I do now to get better feedback on my presentations at work. Milestone: Complete an online language course in three months. Deadline: Next employee review in six months.
You will work on your goals and Check-in on them quarterly with your manager. At the end of the year, you will do a Reflection of the accomplishments during the year.
You can find another description with a short video under How to Write SMART Goals and Use Them at Work
A video with an example: Smart Goals – Example – YouTube
Something to remember on the path of Sustain-Able-Growth:
“When we think of failure; failure will be ours. If we remain undecided nothing will ever change. All we need to do is want to achieve something great and then simply to do it. Never think of failure, for what we think, will come about.”
(Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)