Beyond SMART Goals

I can’t remember how old I was when I was first introduced to the S-M-A-R-T acronym for goal setting, but for sure it was an awful lot of years ago and a lot of goals have come and gone, a lot of water has flowed under the bridge. So, I enjoyed reading this article from HR Magazine.

The article draws on thoughts of the upcoming Olympic Games in England and the tough economic climate to suggest that what people really need are courageous goals. With considerable justification the article suggests the ‘R – Realistic’ was the weak aspect of Smart goals;

HR Magazine Article – SMART Goals

I especially liked the reference to how, all too often in organisations we see cultures that deliberately or inadvertently create a climate in which people fear failing so much that ‘safety’ is the ultimate goal that may not be talked about, but drives much of the decision making. I’m reminded of one of the presuppositions of Excellence from NLP that states ‘There is no failure, only feedback’. Sadly, organisations within which such views predominate are all too rare. In such circumstances courage to really stretch, to try things, to be daring is an all too rare commodity – at the time when it’s actually needed the most.

I find myself thinking that individuals and organisations would benefit a great deal if there were far more mobile labour environments, where failure was respected if it was intelligent, innovative and daring


One Response

  1. Respecting failure is very rare but its power can be overwhelming and transforming.

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