Goal setting is vital to the success of every team - and the process also increases brain performance. According to neuroscience consultant Marilee Sprenger in " The Leadership Brain for Dummies," the brain sees goal-setting as an extension of itself - it takes ownership of the goal and the accomplishment.
But what do you do when your team has different kinds of "brains" trying to set goals? Could it be that you need to consider two kinds of goals?
The SMART approach to goal-setting is linear, logical, and very left-brain oriented. Those teams that think in a left-brained format appreciate this type of goal setting because it is easy to track and measure. SMART goals are:
- Specific - each goal specifies your target exactly.
- Measurable - each goal must be measurable so you know when you've reached it - or not.
- Achievable - a goal that is within reach increases motivation and those brain chemicals that keep you motivate.
- Realistic - a realistic goal is one your team has the resources to realize.
- Time - specific time frames provide clear deadlines for action.
- See it - see yourself working toward the goal; then picture it already achieved.
- Accept it - accept that you can achieve the goal, and picture what that looks like.
- Feel it - adding emotion to your visualization is very powerful: feel good about your accomplishment; enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done.
- Express it - visualize yourself telling others about the accomplishment of the goal; make presentations at team meetings about your contribution to the success.
So, does your team need SMART or SAFE goals? Or a combination of both?
As leader, it's your job to know the difference and lead accordingly!