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Goal Setting


Focusing a Team

  1. Team Assessment: Use this assessment to take a critical looks at your team. 

  2. Visioning: Use this activity to articulate your team’s ideal future

  3. Goal Setting: Use this activity to focus your team goals and set a basis for directed action

  4. Building an Action Plan: Use this activity to identify specific actions to begin achieving your goals

  5. Clarifying Roles: This activity will help your team clarify the role of each individual team member.

  6. Understanding Change: A look at managing successful change.

  7. Collaboration Strategies:  Know how to collaborate effectively

  8. Conflict Awareness:  Manage team conflict before it escalates

  9. Team Norms: Setting ground rules for team participation and behavior

  10. Team Expectations: A team leader's expectations of his/her team members

  11. Team Building Games:  Sample five easy-to-implement team building games

  12. Managing the Net Generation: Understand the work expectations of a new wave of professionals

  13. Fostering Innovation: Ten key rules for fostering innovation in the workplace

  14. Workplace Productivity: Thirty strategies to boost your personal on-the-job productivity

  15. Work Culture: Twelve indicators of a healthy work culture

  16. Difficult Feedback: Tips to consider when confronting a team member

  17. Receiving Feedback: Guidelines to accept constructive feedback

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 Setting Goals

Team goals are statements that guide teams to meet their responsibilities and business needs. If goals are clear and doable, they not only serve as a team’s blueprint for action, they also serve as its energy.  Goals are important on many different levels:

  1. Goals set standards for improvement

  2. They focus activity

  3. They measure progress

  4. They connect the team to the organization

  5. They motivate and energize

  6. They are the basis for decision making

  7. They shape the “truth” and purpose for a team

The best goals are SMART goals.  This means that they should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely.

Activity Directions…

Step One:

To motivate team members to begin thinking meaningfully about goal setting, have them answer two thought questions:

First--“Why does this team exist?”

Second--Once the first question has been addressed, “What is the best case scenario to describe what this team would accomplish—our ideal future?”

Step Two:

Considering the reasons for our team’s existence and our vision of its ideal future, individually write out three things that you would personally like the team to accomplish by the end of next year (adjust the timeframe to fit your team’s situation).  In other words, what would you like to see as team goals?


Step Three:

Have each individual share his or her desired team goals.  List them on a white board and then cull, group, and prioritize them.  Then test your top goals against SMART criteria: Are your goals Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely?

Step Four:

Activate your selected goals by completing the goal chart below:


Goal Statements

Key person

Resources needed

People who can help

Indicators of Success


Goal One:






Goal Two:






Goal Three












Step Five:

Follow-up discussion questions:

  1. What are some barriers that might make it difficult to reach each goal?

  2. How can those barriers be overcome?

  3. What are some things that you can do individually to help achieve the team goals?

  4. How should we recognize or celebrate when we reach a goal?

  5. How do we hold ourselves accountable for reaching each goal?

  6. How do we stay in touch with our goals?  In other words, how do we keep the goals fresh in our minds so that we don’t “forget” them or not pay attention to them?

  7. How can we make reaching our goals more efficient? Enjoyable?