They are impatient to get the job done.
They have the tendency to get on with the job before
they adequately plan what they are trying to
accomplish. To overcome these two problems, you
should set time aside on a regular basis for goal
setting. The following checklist is useful in setting
Recognize goal setting as the most important
activity of leadership.
Recognize that, although important, it is never
Set aside specific times for planning activities.
Establish specific, measurable goals in all
areas of activity.
Involve others in planning in a creative way.
Train all levels of supervision in planning and
see that they do it.
Place emphasis on goals, not just the methods
to achieve them.
Create reminder cards and signs, and post
them in prominent places.
Establish long-range as well as short-range
Make sure short-range goals are coordinated
with long-range goals.
THREE QUESTIONS OF GOAL SETTING
In goal setting, you must answer three questions:
Where do I want to be, Where a m I now?, and
What must I do to get there? Lets look at these
questions in more detail.
Where Do I Want to Go?
To answer this question, you should establish and
define your goal.
Realistic goals should meet the
l Be specific and clearly defined. You should
specify the necessary action steps. A vaguely defined
goal (such as becoming a better leader, RINC, or ZS)
often results in a person not doing anything concrete
about achieving the goal. It is better to say, I will
become a better leader by developing my skills to
listen to people better through a course on human
l Be reasonable yet challenging. Your goal
should test your ability but have at least a 50 percent
chance of being attained.
Goals that cannot be
reached lead to frustration and surrender. A goal that
is not challenging enough will fail to lead to growth.
This makes it difficult for you to become committed
to its achievement.
l Be written as a statement or result. Writing
down your goals requires you to focus and clarify
what you want to achieve.
Written goals help
eliminate impulsive, unplanned, or unorganized
l Have a time element or deadline involved. It
is important to set a time schedule or deadline for
achieving a goal.
l Be measurable in terms of ongoing results.
When you can measure how close you are to
achieving a goal, you have more incentive to get
You need to have specific criteria or
checkpoints for evaluating accomplishment of the
goal. Instead of saying, I am going to improve my
skills, say, I will learn completely each aspect of
market analysis. It is not always possible to measure
goals, such as becoming more understanding. Try
to work out rough measures for these instances.
l Involve personal commitment or belief. You
must be totally committed to reaching your goals.
True commitment goes beyond involvement. Consider
the following story:
One morning at the breakfast
table, a young boy asked his father if he was involved
in the war. He replied, I wasnt involved, son; I was
committed. There is a big difference. Its just like
this here breakfast. You take a look at these eggs and
you know that a chicken was involved in making this
breakfast. Now take a look at the bacon and you can
see that the pig was totally committed to this
Where Am I Now?
You need to document and analyze your present
activities. What are you doing right now that will
work in your favor toward reaching your goal?