“About SMART Objective Setting for Managers:
If you’re a manager, you might have something in common with many others managers – how to design performance objectives that make a difference. They struggle with one or more of the following:
1. Defining the desired outcomes of performance
2. Diagnosing team members’ individual starting points
3. Defining tangible objectives for “soft” performance issues (communication, problem solving, influencing others)
4. Understanding what can go wrong in the communication process
SMART Objective Setting for Managers unpacks each of these challenges, using the SMART framework. The book also sets out a roadmap to substantially improving the design and setting of objectives.
From the human barriers that naturally arise when using SMART with another person to being clear with the type of objective being set to linking performance development to both a job description and the organisation’s goals, this book explains very common pitfalls and and how to avoid them.
The book also examines hidden supports and constraints that can make or break whether an objective truly is achievable or if we’re unwittingly setting employees up for failure.
Told through both fictional and real-life stories, while weaving through an understanding of the human, the book pulls all the learning points together into a chapter which will help you prepare for your objective setting meetings. It also gives you pointers on how to structure the objective setting meeting.
Targeted Age Group: Adults
Written by: Irial O'Farrell
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I don’t like to admit this too often but, I’m a bit of a “people geek”! I’m fascinated with what makes people tick, how they show up in work and what that means for business performance. I’ve been fascinated since my first job, in Sydney Australia, and I’ve led a merry dance, through Financial Services, management, learning & development, executive coaching and change management, across three continents, Australia, USA and Europe (well, Ireland).
Along with my endless curiosity about people, I also have a high aptitude for abstract reasoning. So, just being curious about people isn’t enough for me. I also like to make sense of how the swirling dynamics of tens, hundreds or even thousands of people in the same workplace meld together into the organisation’s culture. Sometimes, it melds together in a productive way and…sometimes it just doesn’t! That’s when I get particularly interested – digging into why it’s not working and what needs to change. My little eyes light up at the challenge.
When I’m not trying to figure out complex human dynamics, I run to keep fit, I eat yummy food to keep healthy, I spend time with my family and friends to laugh, and I travel to keep exploring. Oh, and I love reading and writing.
You won’t be surprised to hear that I read a lot of management and business books but I also love a good fantasy trilogy and I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. I like Marian Keyes for humorous novels and Michael Connolly for detective. I’m a huge murder mystery fan and love a good quiz show.
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