The 16%

I am a major fan of SMART goals. There is a lot of debate over who coined the acronym. Personally – I’m just glad someone did!

There are several variations of the acronym, but the criteria generally are represented as:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant and
  • Timed

Learning to help your team set specific goals is one of the greatest strengths a supervisor or manager can bring to his or her team. Consider what happens when we don’t in the context of the goal of accomplishing daily work tasks. I say to an employee, “Can you get some paper from the copy room?” The employee goes to the copy room and brings me one piece of green paper. “No, I meant bring white paper.” The employee takes off again and shortly returns one piece of paper.” I then say, “No, I meant ten pieces of paper.”

As you can see, lack…

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