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The Goal-Setting Manager

The Goal-Setting Manager

The Goal-Setting Manager spends quality time reflecting upon which goals or targets are the most appropriate to pursue and then making sure that these goals are well understood or clear to all who will be involved in achieving them. Although this sounds relatively straightforward, the “trick” is to select goals that are well-balanced between being “stretching” (require commitment and effort) and “achievable” (just out of reach but not out of sight). This means that a careful evaluation has to constantly be made of individuals’ abilities, experience, motivation and available resources so as to ensure that the chances of future success are maximized.

Ingredients:Readiness Recipes

  • Results Focus
  • Planning and organizing
  • Communication and engagement
  • Vision clarity
  • Clear Measurement/milestones
  • Motivation and commitment

Ingredients should be added, blended well and left to mature over time:

  • Results focus looks at the extent to which you are tough on yourself and others in only accepting long-term outcomes that add real value or represent measurable achievements that can be recognized and rewarded accordingly.
  • Planning and organizing is about the ability to organize yourself and others, the resources and time available to you, and the people around you, to give yourself the best possible chance to achieve your objectives successfully.
  • Communication and engagement looks at the extent to which you create a climate in which people feel that their input in identifying and assessing objectives is valued, and thereby give of their best to help achieve the targets set for them.
  • Vision clarity is about how well you imagine a clear and compelling picture of what could occur in the future, in order to inspire yourself and others to want to change what they are doing now in order to make the vision a reality.
  • Clear measurement/milestones is about the extent to which you design and apply appropriate performance measures to your goals and objectives, and identify logical ‘mile-stones’, where necessary.
  • Motivation and commitment is about how well you find creative ways to challenge people to work hard towards a target, and help them to overcome hurdles and break through any real or perceived barriers.
The Goal-Setting Manager has all of these ingredients; no substitutions or omissions can be made to the recipe.

“Readiness Recipes” is a new article series exploring 26 different kinds of managers A-Z and the key ingredients that each needs for success.  Stay tuned for more recipes and thanks for reading!

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Dr. Jon Warner is a prolific author, management consultant and executive coach with over 25 years experience. He has an MBA and a PhD in Organizational Psychology. Jon can be reached at

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