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Goal setting is powerful

Goal setting is powerful

During performance review season, employees are working on their self-reviews and performance goals while preparing to meet with the boss.

You may be asked to come prepared with goals to discuss. However, coming up with goals that can help you move forward can be a powerful activity. 


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Performance goals need to be clear

Thinking that your goals are to get that raise, get a promotion, not get fired is too broad and vague to start taking action on.

Using the SMART system for goal setting can help you move forward in your career.

  • S - Specific: The goals clarify what will be accomplished and how.
  • M - Measurable: The goal can be measured and tracked.
  • A - Achievable: Your goal should be realistically achievable.
  • R - Relevant: There should be a good reason behind your goal and relate to the job you or your team.
  • T - Time-bound. When will the goal be completed?


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Learn something new (and make it official)

Completing new certifications is a great goal.

Ideally, your company will pay for this as part of continuing education. Before the performance review, ensure you have specific certification in mind, including the cost and time frame. Know how the certification will benefit you or the team.


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Speak up more in meetings

Meetings can be hard, even for the confident. With the rise of online meetings, it's easier to fade into the background but that is not the best thing for your career or team performance.

Speaking up is a good goal to set and easy to track and measure. Start by aiming to contribute something to each meeting, even if it's just saying hello. Then, when you become more comfortable, start offering opinions and answering questions.


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Manage your time more effectively

Being more focused and productive is always a great goal and something almost everyone needs to work on.

Consider carefully what increased efficiency would look like for you, how you'll track it, and how it will benefit the team. For example, if you find that you spend two hours per day on email, you could aim to limit that to one hour per day.


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Work on emotional intelligence

Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and work with emotions. 

Emotional intelligence is in high demand in the workplace. A goal could be to practice the skills that contribute to emotional intelligence:

  • Offering support to team members.
  • Offer to help mediate a conflict.
  • Share your experience with a struggling team member.
  • Provide positive feedback and encouragement to coworkers.


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