The idea of paving your organizational journey can seem difficult or even impossible without a set of goals and objectives to be achieved over a period of time. They can be considered as the expectations of the organization that it looks forward to meeting over a particular span. Goals bind all the members of the organization together and provide them with a sense of accountability to act in the same direction. The absence of clearly defined goals will result in your team members working without any purpose, which is undesirable and baseless. But how do we determine organizational objectives? Well, the steps below will explain everything. So take a read right away.
Five simple steps that make goal setting easier
Follow the five steps mentioned below to get a clear process of goal setting in place.
- Conduct a brainstorming session
The best way to first understand what you as an organization aspire to achieve is by sitting down for an intensive brainstorming session with your Board members or any other stakeholders who have a say in this respect. In fact, it is even better to welcome some of your team members in this session because ultimately it is they who are going to help you achieve the goals. Moreover, if your workforce is a part of the goal-setting process, they will feel they belong to the organization and will accept the enforcement of such goals without much resistance.
- Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize
Brainstorming sessions will leave you with a bunch of many goals to ponder upon. But don’t just go about finalizing all the goals you ran your thoughts across during brainstorming. Now is the time to prioritize. If some of your goals overlap with one another, combine them into one comprehensive objective in order to avoid confusion. It is always advisable to include your team in the process and take their suggestions too.
- Determine the organizational objectives
Once all your planning is done, it is time to act upon all that you have discussed in your goal-setting meetings. Frame all the objectives shortlisted in the previous stage and finalize them with the consent of your Board members and other important people in the organization. Once this is done, get all the determined goals addressed in writing.
- Communicate the goals with your team
You are ready with a clear set of goals that you expect your organization to meet over a period of time. You must convey the same to your workforce as they should also be aware of what is expected from them. Call up a meeting to communicate every goal clearly and tell them the importance of each objective too. Be open to answering queries if they have any.
- Follow up for corrective action
The last stage is checking for any loopholes in the process. You need to compare the organization’s performance in terms of the extent of goals actually achieved to those decided upon. Take corrective measures to fix the problems in the process.
An organization working without any predetermined goals is similar to a ship without a captain navigating it. Running a business with purpose will give you and your team a meaningful reason to take it to new heights. So be communicative with those who work for you, decide on some specific goals to be met, and get into action.