I am following this conversation on linkedin.com.
The question posed was “How can we change ourselves?” If you’ve read “Living Beyond the Maze” you have a sense about how I would answer the question.
One interesting response to the question introduces the acronym, SMART goals.
What exactly are SMART goals?
Most sources that I’ve encountered will say the letters S-M-A-R-T stand for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound.
This is not how I teach it. I have trouble seeing a useful difference between “Attainable” and “Realistic.” For me: If I can attain it, it is realistic; if it is realistic, I can attain it.
For R I like to use the word Related. All goals should be related to something.
As individuals our short-term goals should be related to our long-term goals with mid-term goals in between. Our goals should be related to what we want to get out of life and what we want to accomplish in life. They should be related to our belief system and our values.
For organizations, goals should be related to our strategy, our mission and vision. They should be related to the goals of other departments and individuals in our organization. And short-term, mid-term and long-term goals should all be related.
One discussant in the linkedin.com discussion enhances SMART goals to SMARTER goals. (She attributes this term to Sandler Training.)
She asserts that goals should also be Enjoyable (E) and Rewarding (R).
I totally agree and I am going to add this to my classroom lectures. If we find no joy or reward in achieving our goals, then maybe we’ve set the wrong goals.
In the same manner, for me Work is Play and Play is Work. I enjoy and find great rewards in both!
I’d love to hear your comments…
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Dr. Bryant is an Assistant Professor of Management at Columbus State University and co-author of Managing Employee Turnover.