A CoachingOurselves partner recently came to us with the following question:
“My group of managers want to discuss setting goals with people. I have looked and there doesn’t seem to be a suitable module. Do you have any suggestions? I believe it’s because they’re reaching an ‘objective setting period’ and want to find ways to engage their staff.”
It is true – CoachingOurselves does not have a module that specifically addresses goal setting. But let’s stop for a moment and dissect what exactly goal setting is, or rather what managers need to talk about in order for them to engage their staff. This will vary greatly for each manager and team. For example, are they first line managers that want to help the people around them set goals? Then our tried and true module Analyzing Employee Performance can be used to help managers decide what goals to set for which team members.
Oftentimes it is not this simple though! Maybe this sounds more familiar? The problem for many senior managers is not actually setting goals but more along the lines of “This once a year goal setting task is ridiculous in this complex, messy, and every changing work environment that myself and my team members are dealing with.” Whew! Now that’s a whole different problem!
Instead of a module that helps them with goal setting, they really need a module that helps them look like they’re setting goals, while actually encouraging, supporting, collaborating, and holding their teams accountable… i.e., helping them do their real job of making sure their team keeps getting better at their jobs and tasks.
In this case, they might start with the module Talent Management to contextualize their goal setting exercise within the more important theme of how can they, as senior leaders, can become talent managers for their team. Coaching Others and FeedFORWARD Instead of Feedback will also add to this discussion.
So, does CoachingOurselves have a module on goal setting? No. Do we (or rather, you) need one? No. Can we help managers with goal setting? Yes. Because really, it’s not about setting goals but instead addressing the underlying needs and dynamics of your team to help support them in creating and reaching their goals.