SMART Goals - Key to Lean Success

Last Update: September 09, 2019

Everyone reaching towards success needs to have goals. Otherwise, it would be difficult to assess when the desired success is actually achieved. However, those goals are not always "smart" goals, which can cause us to work harder than truly necessary to achieve the future state we are seeking.

That brings the question of what is a smart goal? Here is what the word "smart" stand for:

  • S - Specific: Make sure you state or capture exactly what you want to accomplish (what, who, why, where).
  • M - Measurable: There must be a way to demonstrate that what we set out to do is done. At the end of the day "that prove" should leave no doubt on everyone's mind regarding the completeness of the related tasks .
  • A - Achievable: Use action verbs to capture stretch and challenging goals, but make sure it is still doable. Do not be afraid to adjust goals, you are always in control of making them more or less challenging.
  • R - Realistic: Explain how the goal is aligned to your success (i.e.: this goal provides me with the opportunity to practice my writing skills).
  • T -Timely: Specify a deadline or date for successful completion.

As you consider your goals for this week, make sure to pass them through the "smart" goals test. You may be able to lean your way towards success.

J

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AlexEvans Premium Plus
What can be measured, can be managed.

That is a good blueprint, J.

Thanks for sharing.
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jmh14 Premium
Completely agree AlexEvans.

Thank you for your comments!

J
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Spencer26 Premium
Very goid and applicable info! I just cringe when I see it because I know my objectives are due at work! Lol
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jmh14 Premium
I use this information all the time at work as well.

Thank you for your comments Spencer26!

J
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Wdcope Premium
Measurable goals are always a good plan. This test is one to consider on all aspects.
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jmh14 Premium
Agree Wdcope.

Thank you for your comments!

J
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Blynn2019 Premium
Great advice, thank you!!

Bonnie
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jmh14 Premium
Thank you for your comments Blynn2019!

J
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MAXINEG Premium Plus
Thank you sharing J

That;s very SMART. :-))

Best regards
Maxine
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jmh14 Premium
Thank you for your comments MAXINEG!

J
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MAXINEG Premium Plus
No problem at all, J

Best regards.
Maxine
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