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Goal Setting PPT

January 26, 2012 by Dr. Jon Warner in Goal Setting

Goal Setting PPTIn general terms, the process of setting goals helps you choose where you want to go (whether it is a work goal or a life goal for that matter). By knowing precisely what you want to achieve directionally, you know where you have to concentrate your efforts and hopefully you will also quickly spot the distractions that would otherwise lure you from your course. However, one of the main mistakes that people make in setting goals is to spend little or no time on ‘research’ or information gathering. If this is not done properly or at all, the risk that is run is that a goal may be shaped without a context or in the knowledge that it is grounded in an existing reality (and is therefore just a “pipe-dream”).

For example, even if an athlete dreams of winning a gold medal ultimately, he or she should look at not only his/her own performance but the performance of others in the same sport as well as the variety that can be created by conditions, equipment and other factors, etc. The athlete’s goals can then be set for position, distance, time and other measurable targets in the context of this information.

At an individual level this goal-setting approach may be quite an easy task but in a team or in a large department, efforts to gather contextual data can be long and drawn out and often become a ‘paper chase’. This could involve looking at past strategies, current performance, people’s abilities and preferences and many other pieces of data. Nonetheless, what you are really doing is looking to aim or at least “steer” people’s efforts in a particular direction. Getting ‘there’ (wherever ‘there’ is) can’t be done if you do not know where ‘there’ is.

A Goal or Objective-setting PowerPoint (or ppt) led workshop can help many people to better appreciate how to go about setting goals intelligently in the safe climate of a training room. In this case, this Goal-setting PPT is also fully scripted with trainer notes, allowing full explanations of points to be given by a workshop leader or facilitator (whether or not they are a professional trainer) and even includes a range of discussion exercises and paired or group activities to allow participants to practice specific skills as they are described or shared.

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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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