A critical component to leading a team is ensuring that you and your team members have clear directions and objectives to follow. This is accomplished by setting measurable and actionable goals and expectations.
In this series of talks, blogs, articles, and podcasts, we will explore the framework that will make conversations and evaluations regarding goal setting a painless process for both you and your team members alike.
Consider the reason for your team and each of your team member's positions and how they fit into the day-to-day operation. Then, zoom out 10,000 feet and make sure your team understands the importance of each of their roles. Otherwise, you may find yourself with a team who has lackluster goals and lackluster performance because their objectives and expectations don’t match the magnitude of what’s at stake.
Do you recall the last time you were really inspired? Do you recall the last time you’ve felt truly in sync with a colleague or teammate? The likelihood that it revolved around a common goal, a common mission is no coincidence. If you’re going to supervise someone and help them both grow and achieve milestones relevant both to their position and the team’s success, you will need to establish that common ground by setting a foundation built on crystal clear direction.
You see the big picture and can rally a team behind a common goal. The final step to properly goal setting is to consider how you can be a coach rather than a "boss". A coach can establish expectations, motivate a person to their utmost potential, all while balancing that fine line of encouragement without aggression or unnecessary severity. To accomplish this, consider the ways you can provide constructive criticism and assist your team members in reaching their professional and personal goals.