Goal setting or how SMART is not always the right goal

Over the years, we have written a lot of content goals with the most traditional wisdom that comes down for the benefit of the SMART targeting process.

SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timebound) has been around 1960 and is used by organizations to create effective goals for themselves and their staff. Indeed, the SMART objectives of the process process are taught on many management training programs as the right way to set goals in any situation.

However, it's a little to fail with all the concept of SMART goals that are reasonable, not a problem with the process, but a broader context where goals are set. All too often, organizations only set goals for their staff to find that in the final analysis, very few have been achieved or even tried.

So, what is the problem with this approach to goals and why do not they often lose their imagination of employees? The SMART model lacks two very important elements that will soon be fun to pick up any goal.


Often when organizations impose obligations on their staff, the initial question will be increased "What's wrong with me?" And, in fact, this is completely valid The goal or goal, whether in the corporate or personal level, must be something that is a personal goal. It needs to start, understand and buy for the individual for what it's purpose.

High-level business goals by nature They are impersonal and as such are rarely significant purchases from employees. Even goals that are linked to personal reforms (like bonuses) do not have a large purchasing code if they are too impersonal. There must be a feeling that "I can change matter for this in personal terms so that it can be really taken care of by staff.

It is often difficult for a common goal of profitability and growth to make these personal and correct. These are companies, maximum levels and without any person being bound by them in any way (as a shareholder for example) then any attempt to return these to a lower level will fail.

The WII-FM issue is mostly the highest motivation for an individual and a truly effective goal-based approach.

Charming Captain

Another and equally important theme lacking from the SMART objectives of the process is that of interest. In order for the goal to be very successful and achieved, it needs to be interesting, exciting and something that an individual can get passionately interested in.

Too many goals, especially businesses, are lacking in being interesting. For example, only quality goals will be sought by someone who believes that quality is of interest to those who believe it is important (but not interesting) they will try to ensure that quality is not acceptable but it is illegal that they will go out of the way to ensure quality improvement.

Interesting topics can be generated by business costs, but it's rare that this happens, like the personal side of objective situations, it's the SMART model that is unintended.

PRISM – Lighter Side of Objective Settings

The SMART model is good and has served for a long time, however, in today's modern society, with much of the labor market being dissatisfied with their part it is necessary to approaching a new approach to symmetrical reflection.

The PRISM model covers all 5 levels of the old SMART process and adds 2 more. PRISM is an acronym for personal, realistic, interesting, special and measurable.

Does this mean that PRISM goals are not achieved and temporary? It's by no means in the PRISM model to be truly Realistic by definition, it must be close, if it is not achieved then it is not and could never be realistic.

With regard to the amount of time in the target, this is measured by measurable. In scientific research, something is measurable, it needs a start and end, the same applies to life, if the goal is to measure it, it must be measured against time and all other issues, such as in the PRISM model, measurable for all reasons and not to be replaced timetables.

That's All I Me

The PRISM model does not point to being the perfect solution for the common goal, however, wishing to add personal and interest in a process will add a new dimension with the objective setting and ensure that the target has a significantly higher recording than that set with the SMART model.

Shared goals do not have to be faceless and forced at work, by doing the individual's individual objective and the hobby (with or without pay), the likelihood of actually increasing will increase significantly.

So the next time is a meeting meeting and the issue appears, ask yourself 2 questions, & # 39; What does it do for me? & # 39; and & # 39; How interesting are I in this? & # 39; If you can not answer them then, just because you need to review your goals.

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L Stuart Avery 2005 © Achieving Greatness Ltd . All rights reserved.


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