How to set up more agile goals? Make your goals C.L.E.A.R. not just S.M.A.R.T.!

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After reviewing my S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goals from my last year one person just came up in to my post feed yesterday evening - Adam Kreek. Who is Adam? Adam is a Canadian entrepreneur, a motivational speaker (I do like his TEDx talk: I Seek Failure: Adam Kreek at TEDx Victoria 2013), and a guy who knows a lot about team building, change management, leadership, effectiveness, setting goals and high performance than anyone else. He should be the one, cause he won the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games with his Canadian rowing team.

In my role as a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator, I deliver new and invigorating perspectives on success, achievement, health and fulfillment.  The right words, offered in constructive settings, act as powerful catalysts of change.” ~Adam Kreek
Adam has spent the past decade and a half both teaching and using strategies for human performance, achievement, and wellbeing. So what has “Gold Medal Olympic Athlete” to do with setting goals?

We're all familiar with S.M.A.R.T. goals, right? Not underestimating you, let`s make short recapitulation on this topic, how I do understand this:
S - Specific (The more specific, clear and exact your goal is, the more you know what you want exactly to achieve, right?)
M - Measurable (Goal, which you can`t grasp or measure in some way - time, amount, percent, size, kg, revenue, profit, etc. – is not a goal yet)
A - Attainable (Goals must be realistic to be achievable so that have results) R - Relevant (Goals should be linked to our mission, or relate to your organization's vision)
T - Time-bound (fixed duration and starting and ending points of our goals give us at least the option for feedback and self-reflection)

I always add two letters more: another E. and R. E stands for Enthusiastic and R for Reward.

EEnthusiastic (It is important that we evaluate and reevaluate our goals regularly with an energetic attitude)
RReward ( For every major milestone reward. Why? To reassure yourself to stay focused)

So what is wrong with the SMART(ER) goals setting? We are now within more faster, more agile environment today than ever before. The ones who do not adapt who are not flexible and agile, struggle with survival. With another words SMART(ER) goals just can't keep up with the speed and agility most businesses are moving forward to today. 

Here comes gold Olympic medal Adam again. According to Adam, these new business environments require a new way of how we should look at setting goals. He calls it C.L.E.A.R. goals. In my opinion this is something what fully resonates with my organisation`s vision and mission. And being honest, after hearing this, it resonates also with my personal holistic understanding of things, my goal setting included.

What C.L.E.A.R. stands for? Here it is:
C- Collaborative
Goals should encourage employees/team members to work together collaboratively and in teams. Everyone does have significant power to influence the environment in which we work and live in.
L - Limited
This includes in my opinion all parts of SMART goals. Goals should be limited in scope, duration and energy input. If we can see the whole goal it is much easier to be accomplished.
E - Emotional
This resonates with the two letters I added to SMART - E and R (see above). Goals should make an emotional connection to myself on the first place, tapping into my energy and passion. You can have organizational goals, but without employees, there are just words without higher life meaning. So how to tide goals to teams? Make them also personal, that means emotional.
A - Appreciable
This is one of the most precious thing here: emphasis on breaking large goals in to small ones. Large goals should be broken down into smaller goals so they can be accomplished more quickly and easily for long-term gain.
R - Refinable
To BE more agile, not just to DO agile we should set goals with a headstrong and steadfast objective, but as new situations or information arise, this gives us possibility (permission) to refine and modify your goals.

How do you like CLEAR goal setting? Does it make more sense to set up your goals like this?

Once more let`s go back to Adam Kreek with one quote: "When we prepared for our Atlantic crossing, our higher goal was to cross the Atlantic Ocean, but we also created three rules to support that higher goal. The first rule was don't die, the second rule was don't kill your mates, and the third was don't sink your boat. So look after yourself, look after each other, and look after your equipment."

Now is time to review my new goals for 2015 again. In my opinion it is worthy. When you set a goal, doesn`t matter if it is in your business, career, or life, it must be more than „compelling statement”, that everyone does and expects from us to do. Compelling statement that can be built out, embraced, and acted upon by every member of the team. CLEAR goals unite people, not just SMART ones.

Use Adam Kreek's CLEAR acronym for setting goals for the new year 2015!


Last question in the end: What are your CLEAR goals?

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My name is Jaromir Prusa (@nacesteskoucem), I am dealing with professional coaching, lectoring and professional networking. I particularly specialize in executive coaching, facilitation council and professional business networking. You can contact me (LinkedIn profil),  right HERE.

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