Tuesday, July 03, 2007

helping people w/in your organization set goals

Maxwell's guidelines for helping people within your organization set goals regarding their contribution to the organization:

- Make the goals appropriate. (Keep the intended job in mind, as well as the larger organizational goal.)

- Make the goals measurable.

- Clearly state the goal. ("When goals have no clear focus, neither will the actions of the people trying to achieve them.")

- Make the goals require a stretch. ("When goals don't require a stretch, the people achieving them won't grow.")

- Put the goals in writing. ("A study of a Yale University graduating class showed that the small percentage of graduates who had written down their goals accomplished more than all of the other other graduates combined. Putting goals in writing works.)

(Equipping 101, pp.62-63)

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