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 What Is The SMART Goal Method And How Does It Work? 
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Post What Is The SMART Goal Method And How Does It Work?
by: David Shoemaker

Human resources studies and management development training focus on finding the best ways for people to reach goals and be as efficient as possible at work. In human resources studies managers learn how to stay abreast of complicated and ever-changing policies, procedures, compliance requirements, and best practices. Mangers also learn how to stay on top of everything, which involves setting up goals. One expert, for example, has even named this process SMART Goal. Each letter in the word "smart" represents the five step process of setting and achieving your goals.

Setting up goals using the SMART goal method is also useful in management development training. This way, managers can see what they need to do to ensure that projects are completed correctly and in a timely manner. The first step in the SMART goal method is to be specific. According to the expert, being clear about what exactly you are aiming towards will help you actually get there. The more details provided, the easier it will be to accomplish.

The next step in the process is to be sure that you can measure your goal in terms of what has been achieved and what still needs to be done. Without a way to measure this, you may unnecessarily waste time trying to figure out what the next steps are to accomplish the goal completely. In management development training and human resources studies future managers are given these skills because it is crucial to keeping a company successful and well-organized.

Goals should also be made in partnership with the manager or owner and the worker involved. This is considered the third step in the SMART goal set up, called "acceptable." Goals should not be imposed on anyone, they should be created together. When it is done in this manner, people will accept the goal and make a commitment to achieving it and therefore make it more likely that it will be accomplished.

Realistic is the next part of the SMART goal. Realistic implies that when you are creating a goal, you must keep in mind the balancing of a goal that would be nearly impossible to achieve versus a goal that would be too easy. The key is to balance this. Being timely with your goals is the last part in the SMART goal process, but it is definitely not the least important of the five. According to the expert, goals should be appropriate for near-term completion. The reason for this is because of the many uncontrollable external variables that affect goals set for too far in the future, such as weather, regulations, economics, and politics. Due to this, it's important to try to keep all goals within this near-future time frame.

Setting goals is an ongoing process. The success that you can gain from properly set goals is extremely rewarding in many ways. Setting goals and being able to achieve them not only helps in the workplace, it also works for any personal goal you might have as well. By setting realistic goals and then achieving them, you are automatically making higher goals possible in the future. In this way, you can continually improve your performance in and beyond the workplace.

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David Shoemaker is Vice President of Learning Solutions and Innovation at eCornell. For more information on human resources studies, management development training, or eCornell, please visit
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