|If you are struggling to hit your goals, it may be that they lack clarity and specificity. Regardless of the method (OKR, MBO, SMART, FAST, etc.) you use, here is a framework that increases the chances of goal attainment.|
– Focus on active voice when writing Priorities, OKRs, MBOs, etc.
– Use as little punctuation and as few words as possible
– Avoid repeating yourself
– Continually ask if each word is necessary for clarity.
– Remove all unnecessary words.
– Add if clarity is lacking.
– Avoid jargon. Will a twelve-year old understand what you are doing, who is doing it, and when it is to be completed?
– Focus on clarity of intent and language
– Sharp over ambiguous (i.e.,avoid vague words such as improve, increase, decrease, fewer unless there is a metric that defines what you mean (e.g., improve customer satisfaction by 5% over last year, lower regrettable turnover by 10% by 9/30/21)
– Concrete over abstract (e.g., provide specific dates (3/17/21 not Q2)
– Make it easy on the reader (e.g., Avoid making the reader do math or have to interpret meaning)
– Maintain consistency of language and intent
– Focus on cohesion to both identity (i.e core purpose, values, competencies, objectives, customer) and longer term goals (BHAG, 3HAG, etc.)
Bill – Certified Growth Coach, Foundations in NeuroLeadership certified, PI Certified Partner, MG100 member coach
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