406 | A Leader’s Guide to Goal Setting

Here is a guide to goal setting in a team environment. We won’t be talking much about S.M.A.R.T. goals. We will be talking about a missing element in goals that many leaders often forget. Discover a critical component to success in this guide to goal setting.

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Goal Setting: The Transcript

Disclaimer: This transcript was created using YouTube’s translator tool and that may mean that some of the words, grammar, and typos come from a misinterpretation of the video.

Team goals, how do you talk about goals with your company? If you want to align people, we talk about the company goals, we talk about the team goals. We typically leave out one of the most important factors: The personal goals.

What do they want? How do they want to grow? What do they want to learn? Ask the question. What skills would you like to learn while you’re here? They show up, ready to work in a different way when they know they’re working towards something that adds value to what they want, who they are, and gives them something that they can live for.

– [Man] Absolutely.

Thank you. If you’ll align these goals too, when you find out how the personal goals align with the team and the company goals, you’re amplifying your results. That’s your job as leaders are to amplify. Have those conversations about what do they want to grow into.

Hi, this is Gene, again. I’m the host of Leaders in the Trenches. You just watched another excerpt from this local speech that I did that really would help you understand how to grow your company, how to be a better leader and how to engage your employees to think for themselves and really support your growth. And it really comes back to ownership.

I talk a lot about the key to fast growth leadership is getting people to feel like their owners. But how do you do that in a goal-setting situation? Well, I’ve given you a little bit of information in the opening segment of that. Got a little tongue-tied there. But really, the depth of it is if you can get them to think about what they want to accomplish while they’re there at the company, more skills, more responsibility, the experiences they want, the projects, the types of clients.

All of those things, if they see that, is a chance for them to grow and you’re challenging them to grow because they want to, then you will get more engagement from those people. You will have a better alignment with when they show up to work, what they’re doing and how they approach the work. This guide to goal-setting is really about how to be a better leader because you’re tuning into what they want. You are making an intentional step towards how what they want as an individual, the personal goals, link to the team goals and link to the company goals, and all of that together, this whole alignment piece, is your job to do that consistently over time.

Now, this is not a one-time thing. This is something that you want to do on a regular basis. The guide to goal-setting is not about me showing you how to structure a goal, you probably know that, as a leader. But, it’s really about something that’s commonly missing to really engage your best employees, and even the employees that aren’t up to their highest potential yet, to get them either to get there or to get them to move on so that you can find someone who does want to do the work.

Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed these micro-segments from a recent speech. I have enjoyed giving them to you. I probably have a few more in the archives, so stay tuned. But, I wanted to explain this one to a little bit more detail so that your guide to goal-setting is clear and you can actually do something with it to be a better leader tomorrow. As always, lead with courage, talk to you soon.

Disclaimer: This transcript was created using YouTube’s translator tool and that may mean that some of the words, grammar, and typos come from a misinterpretation of the video.

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