SMART Goal Setting3:18 with Pasan Premaratne
All business strive for success and by setting, aligning and tracking goals, they can set themselves on the right path. In this video we're going to look at the SMART framework to create specific, realistic goals that will increase employee performance and closely tie them with the company’s overall mission and strategy.
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[Treehouse presents] 0:00 [Quick tips: Goal setting with Pasan Premaratne] 0:03 Hi! I am Pasan. 0:05 In this treehouse quick tip, we're going to talk about 0:07 goal setting for your business using Smart Framework. 0:09 All businesses strive for success, 0:12 and by setting, aligning, and tracking goals, 0:14 they can set themselves on the right path. 0:17 But how do you pick and set goals? 0:19 It might seem intuitive, but it's really not. 0:21 Set goals with tight deadlines, 0:24 and you will have unnecessary stress. 0:26 Set goals with large deadlines, 0:28 and you'll undermine your employees. 0:30 Using the Smart Framework, you can create specific, 0:31 realistic goals that will increase employee performance 0:35 and closely tie them with your company's overall mission and strategy. 0:38 SMART stands for specific, measureable, attainable, 0:42 realistic, and timely. 0:45 Let's go through each part individually. 0:47 The first requirement of the Smart Framework 0:50 is that we set specific and non-general goals. 0:52 When you set specific goals, 0:55 employees know exactly what is expected of them, 0:57 and managers can track this progress more effectively. 1:00 To set a specific goal, we answer 6 W questions. 1:03 Who is involved? What is the goal to be accomplished? 1:07 When should the task be completed? 1:11 Where is this task's location? 1:13 Which constraints or requirements are we working with? 1:16 And finally, why are we working on this goal, 1:19 and what are the benefits of completing it? 1:22 A general goal can be finish off a website redesign. 1:25 Under the Smart Framework, we would say, 1:29 "The design team (who) should finish the redesign 1:31 "of the client's website (what) 1:34 "within the next 14 days (when), 1:36 "using the brand guidelines provided by the client (which) 1:39 to ensure prompt payment and continued business (why)." 1:43 Now, not every W question can be answered, 1:46 but answering as much as we can gets us a very specific goal. 1:49 The next part is measurable. 1:53 You should come up with concrete ways 1:56 to measure advancement through a goal or the achievement of a milestone. 1:58 Not only does this help you track progress 2:01 but it offers the psychological encouragement 2:04 of completing a task, which spurs you on to keep going. 2:06 After that, goals have to be attainable. 2:09 And not attainable by your best employee, 2:13 but attainable by everyone's standards. 2:15 When you set goals that are attainable, you develop the attitudes, 2:17 abilities, and skills to complete your goals 2:21 and ensure continued success. 2:24 Once you've established a pattern of setting and achieving small goals, 2:26 you can set bigger goals and reach even further. 2:29 The next step is pretty much self-explanatory: 2:33 your goals need to be realistic. 2:35 You need to be able to work on a goal within your constraints 2:37 and, more importantly, be willing to work on the goal. 2:41 If you set a goal just for the sake of setting it 2:44 but you don't want to or can't work on it, 2:46 you're not going to reach the goal, and you've just set yourself up for failure. 2:49 Finally, give yourself appropriate time to finish your goal. 2:52 This is also crucial to avoiding failure. 2:57 As you can get better at achieving goals, 3:00 you can finish off bigger tasks in the same time-frame. 3:02 But you have to build up to it, 3:05 start small, learn to set proper, specific, and measurable tasks, 3:08 And then get in the habit of finishing it off. 3:12 Then you'll be on the right path to success. 3:15
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