5 tips for effective goal setting

Like many, my organization uses the month of January for individual reviews – both to evaluate the previous year’s progress and set new goals for the next 12 months. Prior to the individual reviews, we go through our organizational review and goal setting in December so our efforts are building toward the same outcomes. It’s important that these goals are measurable, so you can see how far you’ve come, and also that they set the company and individual up for more growth and success.

Members of Forbes Communications Council have shared ways they work with employees to ensure annual goals increase engagement and productivity. Here are five that particularly resonate with me:

  • Plan for it. Set aside time dedicated solely to working on goals. Also take into account any costs for training or events that are needed to achieve them.
  • Mentor your employees. As a leader, it’s important to help those on your team develop their skills, whether that’s working directly with them or connecting them with others to learn from.


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