Did they have clearly defined goals?
Well, the elections for the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly and the local mayoral and council elections are now over and it occured to me, that according to the leadership of the various political parties, that everyone of them was a winner. Were they all correct, were they deceiving themself, or were they simply lying to save losing face. Well, we all have our opinions but, in truth, we will never know. The problem is that none of the political parties publish their objectives before an election. They probably set themselves goals, we would hope, but how SMART these were we will have to guess. There is no transparency and therefore the public will never know if they achieved their goals. As far as we are concerned, it is all a fudge.
Does your business set goals that everybody knows?
It is important that businesses do not fudge their goals and objectives. The should be well defined; they should be SMART, that is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time related. And, above all, they should be known. Transparency is the key to achieving your goals: unless your team know your what your goals are, how will they know how to behave and react in order that you meet them? It would be good if you had your team work with you in order to set your goals but, at the very least, you should convey them to your employees.
Don’t be woolly!
It is important that businesses, unlike political parties, are not woolly about their goals. Your goals need to be SMART and you need to know if you have achieved them. So plan with SMART goals and let your team know what they are.