Steering a team, Cécile Barry’s advice
The SMART(ER) Method
S like Specific and Simple
A goal must be simple for your team to understand. It should not be too difficult to achieve otherwise you will lose time in understanding and this will slow down the mission.
M like Measurable
If you do not established an encrypted indicator, you will not know if the goal has been met.
A like Ambitious and Accepted
Even if the goal is quite achievable by the team, it must have its share of ambition and challenge that will be a source of motivation. No mission can take place without a real contract of acceptance between the manager and his collaborators. If you set an unvalidated goal, you will not get any results because nothing can be achieved without them.
R like Realist
As stated above, your goal must be ambitious but achievable to give real motivation for your team.
T like Temporarily defined
Without a deadline, how do you manage your financial investment and the effort of your team? It is not about of saying something approximative « in 18 months it will have to be done but to give a fixed date and not modifiable.
E like Ecological
Is the goal we are meeting going to hurt someone? Are all moral values considered ?
R comme Révisable R as Reviewable
If the management strategy has been changed or you find out that you will not finally achieve the desired goal, consider correcting some of the actions decided beforehand and review the ambition so that the goal becomes achieveable.