I have spent the past few weeks discussing goals and goal setting. Now I would like to set forth some requirements for the successful documentation and communication of these goals. It would be a great waste of time, effort, and talent to fail simply because the goals, or how to measure them was unclear.
I recommend creating a document that contains the following four sections for each goal. I provide two straightforward examples for each section. The first is business oriented. The second is personal. I intentionally simplified the example to show how simple goal setting, tracking, and reporting could be. The process will not be useful if it is too complicated.
- State the goal
- Example 1: “Achieve $1.3M in revenue by August 30, 2013 for product X”
- Example 2: “Lose 15 pounds and achieve a 32” waist line by June 25, 2013”
- Explain why we are working toward this goal
- Example 1: “To meet our division’s portion of the global sales plan for the new product launch”
- Example 2: “To look great at the beach during summer vacation”
- How are the results to be measured?
- Example 1: “Use the guidelines provided by the finance department on February 1, 2013”
- Example 2: “My weight will be measured on the bathroom scales at 6am each morning. My waist measurement will also be taken at 6am, using the yellow tape measure, standard posture, breathing normally”
- Reporting Mechanism
- How are we to report the progress toward the goal?
- Example 1: “The finance department will provide a standard report every Monday showing the previous week’s results”
- Example 2: “I will record my weight and waist on the calendar stored in the vanity in the master bath”
There is it, a simple, straightforward, and functional method of recording and communicating goals. I urge you to try it, and I would appreciate you letting me know how it works for you.