Goal Setting in the Workplace
Filter to make the best choices
Filter to make the best choices
Goal setting in the workplace requires making choices about how best to use limited resources.
Having thought about the future, you’ll quite probably have too many ideas. These ideas will no doubt compete for time, both with each other and with what you’re currently doing. There’s always more to be done, in or out of work, than time allows!
So you need to screen for the best ideas and the best processes.
Company Goal Setting is the first in our series on Business Goal Setting : Using the “F-Plan”. It discusses Drucker’s “two ways to look at the future” and offers suggestions for making the most of both. The series consists of a structured process designed to help you improve your business planning and goal setting.
Think about the 6 F’s when setting your goals:
As we often advocate on this site, the first key to success often rests in asking yourself some questions. Try these to begin with:
Deciding what you are going to do is important but it’s often as useful to decide what you won’t be doing. To give time to your “future” ideas, perhaps some things need to stop!
Part of your approach to goal setting in the workplace should be to review and perhaps stop aiming for some goals you’ve previously set. Or try clarifying where you don’t want your business to go, regardless of other pressures. Here are some more questions to begin with:
Peter Drucker proposed three criteria for assessing new ideas. To help you screen your ideas try applying these three filter tests:
Can you take action on this idea, or can you only talk about it? Can you really do what’s needed realise the kind of future you desire?
Will the idea produce acceptable economic results? What would be the early indicators that it was working?
Do you really believe in the idea? Do you really want to be that kind of people, do that kind of work, and run that kind of business?
Goal setting in the workplace is about making clear choices. Both about what you are going to do, and about what you are not going to do. Filtering those choices helps to ensure you set goals that you can resource properly, and that have the best chance of making the future you desire a reality.
Following our Happy Manager F-plan, to help get your goal setting into shape? Then your next step is to think about how to frame your Goal Setting Plans.
You can also find our more about the benefits of goal setting in our e-guide: SMART Goals, SHARP Goals to help you do just this. The guide contains 30 pages and 5 tools to help you to set SMART goals, then take SHARP action to achieve them.
Tool 1: Conventional goal setting
Tool 2: Setting SMART goals that motivate
Tool 3: The kind of goals that will make you happier
Tool 4: Taking SHARP action
Tool 5: Team goals flowchart
Tool 6: Eight personal goal setting questions
Business Goal Setting : Using the “F-Plan”
Filter: Goal Setting in the Workplace: Filter to Make the Right Choices.
Frame: Frame Your Goal Setting Plans.
Focus: Goal Setting Strategies are Underpinned by Focus.
Fast: Goal Setting Exercise – Are You Fast Enough?
Faith: Goal Setting Facts Need Faith
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