When leading people it is very important to talk to them about their goals. After setting the goals if you just leave them and don’t do anything about them, the goals will be forgotten and they won’t be accomplished. Step eight in Bringing Out the Best In People is to employ a mixture of positive and negative feedback. When we set a goal with someone not only should we continue to frequently revisit the progress on the goal, we should be sure to give them feedback both when they are performing well at their job as well as when they aren’t meeting the goals that were set for them and helping to redirect them back to how they can better meet the goal.
Here are a thing that I have found successful in making sure that those who work for me are finding their goals attainable and have eventually reached their goals and found continued success.
1. Have them be involved in what the goals are and how they are set:
– When the person who you are setting the goal for is able to be involved in the process of what those goals are and how they will accomplish them, they are more likely to stay involved in the process.
2. Have frequent meetings to keep the team member up to date:
– When the goal or goals have been set, having frequent meetings to keep them up to date on those goals is critical. I recommend having monthly one on one meetings in which we not only discuss their goals, but how they feel that they are working toward them and what they feel are obstacles that are in their way to making them a success. These meetings have been extremely beneficial in making the team member responsible for what they accomplish and leaves the ball in their court.
3. Give them incentives for meeting the goals and reprimands for not meeting them:
– When I set a goal with someone, I give them steps along the way that I want them to reach. When they reach those small milestones I find ways to incent them. With my team candy goes a long way, but everyone has different teams with different expectations. Meeting small goals along the way will help the team member to feel that they are making those changes. When you set a goal and they don’t meet it, there needs to be follow-up that as well because they will continue to not meet the goals when there isn’t any follow-up to sub par performance.