Setting Smart Objectives

Being a leader comes with many responsibilities. One of these responsibilities is setting smart and effective objectives. What does this really mean?

First, it’s important to point out that objectives are different than goals. Goals are what you want to achieve; objectives help you work towards achieving those goals. To begin, take a look at the overall strategy and objectives for your organization and your team. The targeted objectives you develop should support those larger strategies and objectives in order for them to be effective.

Here are a few steps you can take to create your own objectives that will lead your team and company to success.

clipboard_pencilMake your objectives specific and realistic. If you create objectives that are general and vague, it can quickly cause confusion and leave room for interpretation. Also, you’ll want to remain realistic and make sure these objectives are attainable for your team given the allotted time frame.

Objectives always need to be measurable. There is no point in setting an objective if there is no clear way to see whether you have achieved it or not. Always voice how you want your accomplishments to be documented.

Set deadlines so you and your team don’t fall behind. Holding yourself, and your team, accountable on a realistic time frame is crucial so you stay on task and continue to work towards the team objectives.

Remember why you are doing what you are doing. Remember those goals we talked about earlier that you and your team want to achieve? Hold onto those; it won’t always be smooth sailing while working towards them, but it sure will be worth all of the hard work!

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