Managing Through Goal Setting

Management by Goal Setting

Unless you know what you want to achieve, there’s no way to measure how close you are to achieving that objective. Goals give you a standard against which to measure your progress.

The goals you set for accomplishing the company’s/department’s mission must be in line with the vision and what your company wants you to do. If what you plan to achieve for your job, department, or team isn’t coordinated with the goals of your organization, you’ll waste your time and energy.

Goals are the foundation of motivational programs. By reaching toward your goals, you become motivated, and by knowing the goals of your team members and helping them reach those goals, you help to motivate them. The process of setting goals takes time, energy, and effort.

Goals aren’t something you scribble on a napkin during a coffee break-you must plan what you truly want to accomplish, establish timetables, determine who will do each action step, brainstorm all the possible obstacles, create a solution for the obstacles, review all of the rewards and consequences of achieving or not achieving the goal, and implement the goal.

Criteria for setting goals.

To ensure that goals can be accomplished, follow these guidelines for setting your goals. Your goals must be


S – Specific

M- Measurable

A – Attainable

R – Realistically High

T – Target Date or Time Bound

Example: Your goal is to save money. This is a hazy goal. You could put one dollar in a jar and that hazy goal would have been accomplished. It does not conform to the above criteria.

Instead your goal could be – Save $100 per month for the next 12 months starting (today’s date) to be complete by(target date). This goal is specific, measurable, attainable, realistically high, and has a target date.

Happy Goal Setting!

If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.

Adapted from Executive Leadership, RAC, SA, all rights reserved.

Leadership – The Challenge

People everywhere continue to look for the secret to becoming a better leader. Thousands of books and articles have been written on the art of leadership all claiming to have the “answers.” The fact is there is no one answer, no “secret.” However, some guiding principles and skills are fundamental to successful leaders everywhere. These skills, principles, and traits can be developed. Rate yourself in each area below, identify areas of weaknesses, and then create some goals and action steps to help you develop the successful leadership traits.

Leaders are grounded. They know who they are and where they are going. They set the direction and pace for the organization/department and lead by example. An effective leader helps to create an organization where everyone feels free to be open, innovative, and alive to possibilities.

Leaders provide the vision, values, and strategies to transform their organizations to higher levels of sustained success. Leaders take the company to where it has not been. Leaders are visionaries, coaches, mentors, teachers, students, and more. They are constantly seeking, learning, improving, and stretching their capabilities. They set the example, establish the environment, and implement the processes for everyone in the organization to adhere to the same standards.

Successful leaders have personal and organizational values, which govern their behavior. They lead by values. Balancing the needs of the individuals with the needs of the company by aligning the vision, values, and resources of all concerned. Organizational values are an integral part of your Strategic Plan and the cornerstone for the actions and decisions of everyone in the organization. Those values are driven throughout the organization by your behavior and your example. As a leader, if you engage in behavior which conflicts with your values, you will sacrifice your credibility. The end does not justify the means.

You Can Control Stress

Here are some shifts you can make to reduce stress:

Get physical.  Make exercise a part of your day—even taking the stairs instead of the elevator counts. Besides a million other positives, exercise enhances your ability to cope. Physical exertion provides you with the confidence and strength to keep slicing through adversity.

SleepSeven to eight hours of sleep is a must to help refresh your mind. Throughout the night, your brain processes the day’s information and prepares itself for gathering and receiving tomorrow’s data. Without proper rest, you begin stacking new thoughts on top of old ones and the resulting overload takes the form of stress.

Be realistic. You can avoid stress by dropping any unrealistic expectations you might have, such as needing unanimous approval for everything you do, thinking people should always respond the way you anticipate them to, and expecting to win every time.


Adapted from your Workday, by B. Hemphill and P. Quinn Gibbard (Reader’s Digest)