2017 is coming to a close and the anticipation for 2018 brings a time of reflection and anticipation for what can be accomplished in the new year. In order to set yourself, and your company, up for success, take time to communicate with your team and set some goals for 2018.
Goals as an individual
Individual goals are important and not just for your role as an employer or employee, but as an individual—period.
Cliff Woodbury, Executive Vice President of Culture and Engagement, encourages individuals to start out their goal planning by asking themselves, “For each of the major roles I play, what is the one thing I could accomplish this year that would bring about the most meaningful results?”
Once you develop an answer for that question, follow it up with, “What are two or three things that must happen to bring about the one thing for each role?” Think about the process it will take to get there, the actions that will need to be completed and the resources you will need access to.
Write them down and place them in your calendar—and then follow the plan.
Goals as a team
This exercise is similar to what is above, but requires the team as a whole to be involved in every process from the beginning.
“Not only is the whole team’s understanding and buy-in essential, but because of their first-hand, front-line perspective and experience, they can help to avoid potential missteps, roadblocks and wasted resources that may not be visible from the leaders or owners perspective,” Woodbury said.
What’s the biggest tip for starting the year off right as a team? Start it off together. Sharing a unified vision for where you want to go is essential.
“Whether you are a business owner or a team leader, a strong team needs a shared vision, supported by team aligned goals and objectives, aligned individual goals and objectives and healthy high trust relationships,” Woodbury said.
It should be noted that this process does not go well if there is no communication and trust among the team.
“Frequent, brief check-ins on individual and team progress on goals are essential,” said Woodbury. “This will enhance accountability and allow for celebration when progress or achievements are made.”
How do I start?
Ready to get started? Woodbury suggests you AIM SMART.
Acceptable: Determine what your minimum goal will be.
Ideal: Determine what your maximum goal (in a perfect world) will be.
Middle: What is your realistic goal? This is what you should focus on. Write down all the steps and actions necessary to accomplish this goal.
- What it is specifically?
- What are all the steps?
- When it needs to be completed by?
- Who needs to be involved and how?
- What resources it will take to complete it?
Finally, check the goal against the SMART Goal checklist.
Is your goal:
If you can answer yes to each of the bullets above, you have created a goal that should be attainable for you or your team during the upcoming year.
So get inspired and start your planning now! With a goal set and a good plan in place, your possibilities for success are endless.