Setting Aligned Goals

We’ve talked a lot about the value of goals, both in terms of setting them and then putting in place practical strategies for measuring progress.  But what happens when you’re not sure what goal you should be working towards?  It would certainly be a waste of time and effort to set a goal and push to achieve it if it’s not in some way relevant to your success.  And in terms of workplace goals, that usually means the goal also needs to be aligned with the success of the organization.

In an earlier article we talked about the idea of relevance as being a core component of a well-constructed goal. But relevance is (no pun intended) all relative. If you are setting personal goals, a relevant goal might be tied to your long term financial strategy (getting out of debt, for example) or to your personal fitness goals (weight loss or exercise). But at work when we talk about relevance, we are usually referring to goals that tie into the larger goals of the company itself.

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