Throughout many years in a corporate career, no matter the industry, size of the company, or country, there was always some kind of individual performance management that involved goal-setting. When teams operate in a culture that focuses on individual goals and KPIs, they are prone to misalign, says Amy Kan, founder of The Workplace Initiative. In this article, Amy Kan shares the following tips that will help to develop goals that align your team and improve performance.
- Team Strategy and KPIs: Teams should begin with the goal in mind. What is the purpose of the team? What can be done? Gaining clarity and agreement on the plans is critical first step, but it is just the beginning.
- How will they get it done: Once the team has agreed on clear goals, they need to figure out what they need to do to achieve them. They need to figure out how to move from where they are now to where they want to be. KPIs make things clear, help the team keep track of progress, and, if needed, help the team know when to change direction.
- Alignment is Key: Aligned teams communicate better, are more motivated, make choices faster, and are more productive. Non-alignment has significant repercussions. 40% of approximately 8,000 managers surveyed by the Harvard Business Review cited “failure to align” as the biggest difficulty in executing their company’s strategy.
Too often, teams are built by placing smart people in a room. For teams to succeed, they require support mechanisms. High-performing teams set goals and agree on how to achieve them. They prioritize team alignment and adhere to a team compass.
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