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SMART-up Your Goals

Make Goals SMART: Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic, Time-limited

 

Goals need to be expressed very clearly.

When you explicitly state your goals from the beginning, you create a shared understanding of what you plan to accomplish and strengthen your team’s commitment to doing so.

Also, you’ll be less likely to run into disagreement in the end about whether or not you have met your targets.

Therefore, in order to ensure clarity. Use the following SMART criteria to draft clear unit and individual goals:

  • Specific. Clearly defines the details of what is to be accomplished.
  • Measurable. Gauges success using either quantitative or qualitative assessments.
  • Action-oriented. Identifies concrete behaviors or processes.
  • Realistic. Can be achieved given existing constraints, such as time and resources.
  • Time-limited. Is accomplished within a specific time frame.
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