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Excerpt from the LEAP Module: Goal Setting for Higher Performance
Set Specific, Measurable Goals
If you achieve all conditions of a measurable goal, then you can be confident and comfortable in its achievement. If you consistently fail to meet a measurable goal, then you can adjust it or analyze the reason for failure and take appropriate action to improve skills.
Being specific and measurable requires that you define the who, what, by when, where, and how. Questions you might ask yourself include: Who is involved in this? Where does this take place? How will I know if I am making progress? How should this be measured? How much? How many?
The result should be a much more specific and measurable goal.
General: I'm going to exercise more.
Specific: I'm going to swim at the community pool at least three times per week for the next six months.
Read the 3rd principle of goal setting: Set Goals at the Right Level
Lynda Silsbee is Founder and President of the Alliance for Leadership Acceleration. She has spent more than 30 years creating and leading high performance teams. Along with the other LEAP Certified Coaches, she reports that helping managers make the LEAP to leader is one of the most fulfilling aspects of her work.