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Opinion Poll: Kick-Starting the New Year

[ 1 ] January 3, 2014 |

With 2013 behind us and the promise of a shiny new year ahead of us, how are you gearing up your team to move forward in 2014? While it’s easy to simply pick back up on day-to-day tasks, now is a good time to reflect on the team’s accomplishments, reset objectives and align the team around a common vision for the new year.

What do you do to energize your team and set goals for the coming year?

  • We follow a formal process through HR (31%, 5 Votes)
  • We follow an informal process set by each department (31%, 5 Votes)
  • We hold annual team goal-setting/planning sessions (31%, 5 Votes)
  • We carry on with business as usual (19%, 3 Votes)
  • We start the year with a team-building excursion (13%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 16

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  1. During this time of year I like to remind my team how to write SMART goals. See below.

    SMART goals meet the following criteria:

    Specific – clear unambiguous language
    Measurable – ability to measure progress and achievement
    Attainable – within the control of the individual or the team
    Realistic – take into account the individual’s present skills and capacity
    Time-bound – within a defined period of time

    Ensure that your goals are SMART and easily defined by what, why it is important, how the goal is going to be accomplished, and when. Having these components clearly identified will assist in the recognition of progress and measurement toward the successful completion of the goal.

    For example, a good – but not SMART – goal would be: “To lose weight”.

    A SMART version of this goal looks like this: “To lose 20 pounds by November 1st, I will eat healthier and exercise every day in order to fit into my old 36-inch waist jeans.”

    This SMART goal above is constructed using the following sample model for the structure of a SMART goal.

    To (the action you will take) by (Date/timeframe), I will (do what?) by (a measure you can track) in order to (your real goal).

    To lose 20 pounds by November 1st, I will eat healthier and exercise every day in order to fit into my old 36-inch waist jeans.

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