Are you thinking about what you want your team to achieve this year?
This isn’t targets or metrics. It’s about where you want them to be when June 30 rolls around. You could come up with a bunch of random goals. But you also don’t want to put a lot of work into something that serves no purpose.
So how do you create objectives that matter for your team? To save you some time and start the year right, utilise these tips.
What Does the Business Need?
The first place to look is what your business needs over the next 12 months. If they’re looking to grow or head in a specific direction, you may need to review how well you currently perform and what you need to do to meet the new expectations.
You may not need to acquire new skills. Your focus may be on improving your current metrics or streamlining your processes. For example, you may want more of your clients to recommend you. You’ll want to understand what your people need to do to achieve this, so customers sing your praises.
What Capabilities Does Your Team Have?
The start of the new financial year is also a great time to assess your team’s capabilities. Hopefully, they have improved for the better over the past 12 months. They should have a set of skills and abilities you can rely on.
You will have a good understanding of what they can do over the next year. Think of it in a way that if you did absolutely no coaching or development, where would your team finish by June 30.
What Abilities Does Your Team Need?
Once you’ve established what your team is capable of, the next question to ask is what’s next. It should align with what the business needs. Are you being asked to do more than you’re capable of, or will you be taking on additional responsibilities? Either way, there may be new skills your team will need to develop.
It could be as simple as improving upon the existing skillset your team possesses. Your current abilities may only allow you to achieve a specific result. However, your team needs to do more. So what is missing, and how do you address that gap?
What Trends Are on the Horizon?
It’s a good idea to also take an outside view of what is happening in your industry. Are there disruptions on the horizon, or are you starting to see other organisations transition down a different path? While your company has not announced anything yet, it’s better that you’re on the front foot, so the adjustment is seamless.
The only caveat to implementing new trends is that there should be a benefit to your organisation. Make sure that it will help grow your company or improve it somehow, such as by introducing efficiencies. You also need to give it some time to become BAU, so you’ll need to be patient while your team adjusts to the new way of doing things.
How to Achieve Your Objectives
Once you’ve established your objectives, you need to create a plan to achieve them. They shouldn’t be set in stone. As you know, situations will arise, and adjustments will need to be made throughout the year. It shouldn’t put you off achieving your goals, but your timeframes may change depending on what you encounter throughout the year.
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