Outside of the standard QQTR goal being a what-by-when:
- Quality – how good the ‘what’ must be?
- Quantity – how much of the good stuff is needed?
- Time Frame – by when?
- Resources – what do you have? what do you need? can the work be accomplished with these resources?
A team must develop workable goals that will create a shared commitment to the work and each other.
Teams are often not sure what their workable goals should be.
As a team building consultant / facilitator it helps to frame the general characteristics. They are(1):
- small rather than large;
- noticeable and important to the people on the team and the team as a whole;
- described in specific, concrete work (task) and behavioral terms;
- achievable within the practical context of the teams time and work-days;
- perceived by the people on the team and the team as a whole as involving their “hard work”;
- described as “the start of something” and not as “the end of something”;
- treated as involving new work task(s) and behavior(s) rather than the absence or stopping of existing work task(s) and behavior(s).
If the above conditions can be focused and co-created with the team, then you have some workable goals.
What do you think?
How would you describe a workable goal for your team?
michael cardus is create-learning
Referenced 1 – ‘Putting Difference to Work’ . Steve de Shazer page 112