Goal setting is a worthwhile business process if done correctly. To develop the best goals, leaders need to work with their teams to agree upon goals that are achievable and challenging. Asking questions during the goal setting process can result in better goals. Consider the following questions during the goal setting process.
At the start of goal setting, ask:
- What needs to done right now?
- What is the most important thing to do now?
- What is the objective or challenge that needs to be reached?
- What accomplishment needs to be met ultimately?
- What will positively impact business, career, job, task, and so forth?
- What results need to be visible at the end of this goal period?
- Why are these results important and what are the benefits?
- Why does this need to be done and will it get done?
- Why is this important right now or in the next few months?
- Why invest time and energy into this goal?
- Why doe the situation require this particular goal at this time?
- Why would this goal relate to purpose, vision, or organizational values?
To establish and plan goals, ask:
- Where will the goal and accomplishment of goal take place?
- Where does the company, department, or team need to be in the near future?
- When should this future be realized and what are the requirements and deadlines?
- When will the goal be realized and how will progress be measured?
- What actions need to be taken and detailed tasks done to achieve a successful goal?
- What is the plan for how often goals should be reviewed against measurement criteria?
- Who needs to be involved in this goal process in order to accomplish it successfully?
- Who possesses the skills and talent necessary to meet the goal or do we need to train?
If the preceding questions are used in the goal setting process, better results will be achieved. Always consider asking multiple questions to make goal setting and other teamwork processes more worthwhile for the business. When a good goal-setting process is used and agreed upon by leaders and their team members, it will result in goals that are both achievable and challenging.