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Eight Part Smart Targets

Eight Part SMART Targets

Eight Part SMART Targets

You are probably aware of the five part SMART goals setting model, which states you should ensure your goals are:

  1. Specific.
  2. Measurable.
  3. Achievable.
  4. Realistic.
  5. Time bound.

Most people reduce SMART goals to a theory that they don't apply in practice.

In this form, the SMART model is too abstract to be of any practical use. To make it practical, you need to make a few additions to it.

Develop it into a series of eight questions and change its name to 8 Part SMART.

This diagram shows how the 8 Part SMART works:

Goal Setting : Eight Part SMART Targets

The SMART Goals model suggests 8 SMART questions.

Ask these 8 questions of yourself and others. They are all derived from the SMART method.

  1. In general terms, what is the goal you want to achieve?
  2. How would you specify that goal numerically?
  3. How would you specify and define all your key terms?
  4. What feedback measures would you need to track?
  5. What additional abilities; skills, knowledge and experience, do you need to gain?
  6. What resources; money, technology and people, do you need?
  7. What is the time deadline?
  8. And is that deadline reasonable or not?

SMART targets give you clarity

The first and most important ability for you to master is "Clarity of purpose".

You need to decide exactly what you want; and you need to discover exactly what the other person wants.

Only then can you create a mutually beneficial relationship - do business - with each other.

Purpose statement

A purpose statement is a written document that identifies the goals and the plans that will deliver them. The SMART goal identifies the "target to be hit".

You can use the 8 SMART questions in three different ways:

  1. To set your own goals, for a better future.
  2. To help others to set their goals.
  3. To set, communicate and plan for team goals.

Ultimately, the 8 Part SMART model looks like this:

Goal Setting : Eight Part SMART Targets

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About the Author: Chris Farmer


Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

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