SMART Objectives – The Blog

What difference does it make?

  Do your people know the difference they make and how they contribute to your company goals and objectives?     Is it really necessary for people to know how their goals fit into the big picture? If so, why? … Continue reading


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Doing your objectives the easy way

  I was working with a client recently who had made huge efforts to get his objectives right. He’d clearly spent hours working on them. I’ve seen this many times before.       Clients often send me through a … Continue reading


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Do You Make These Mistakes In Your Objectives? (Part 2)

  A few weeks ago I gave three examples of typical mistakes in objectives. Here are three more.       3 more badly written objectives   Can you identify what’s wrong with them? You’ll find the answers below.   … Continue reading


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Are you just keeping your people busy?

  I had a great question from a Grapevine reader this week. So here, with her kind permission, is the question:   “I have a team of 6, 4 of which seem really busy 2 not so much. They do … Continue reading


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Do You Make These Mistakes In Your Objectives?

  Setting SMART objectives and SMART targets can be difficult. Here are some easy tips to help you out in writing your objectives and making them SMART.       3 badly written objectives   Can you identify what’s wrong … Continue reading


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Why badly given feedback is worse than no feedback

  When you give feedback in the right way, you improve intelligence. When you do it badly, you do the reverse.    (Of course, it is much easier to give feedback if there were smart objectives or smart targets in … Continue reading


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How do you measure success? – A tip for your objectives in 2014

  The sale of Royal Mail Evan Davis, presenter on the Today Program, BBC Radio 4, interviewed Michael Fallon, Minister for Business and Enterprise about the recent sale of Royal Mail. Evan was concerned about the fact that the share … Continue reading


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What’s a Handbag got to do with Objectives?

  Here’s a story of how an employee’s bad (non SMART) objectives led to me losing a very nice handbag.   It’s a story of the consequences of badly-written objectives for your customers and for you.   Many years ago … Continue reading


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