7 Questions to set more Effective Team Goals

Posted on: June 29, 2021 Posted in: Team Coaching

In nearly 30 years of working with leaders of top organizations, what we have found is that it’s typically not the saying that is the big challenge, it’s the doing.

With the pace and complexity of business today, it can be a significant challenge for those who serve in leadership roles to operationalize and sustain long-term organizational commitments. However, we also know that great leaders do not work alone. Team Coaching also plays a critical role in helping to initiate and strengthen his or her vision.

As part of the curriculum in Disney’s Approach to Leadership Excellence professional development training course, we share with participants how great leaders build and nurture collaborative teams, invest the time necessary to establish clear goals, and guide people in fulfilling their leadership vision.

So, if you want to start closing the “Saying-Doing Gap,” the next step is to align your team toward clear goals that will translate to desired results. There are seven questions leaders should ask when setting team goals to ensure their objectives will translate to results:

  • When is the right time to set a goal? Timing is everything. Get started as quickly as possible.
  • Have I written down the goals? Writing down goals translates to an 80% higher chance of achieving them.
  • Can everyone view the objectives? Leaders must “paint a picture”of success with clearly communicated objectives that everyone can visualize and understand.
  • Are my goals SMART? (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Bound)Setting specific, challenging, and obtainable goals enhances performance.
  • Are all objectives aligned? To increase success rate, make sure there is alignment between personal, team, and organizational objectives.
  • Am I out of my comfort zone? Challenging goals often lead to higher performance.
  • Does everyone know their next step? Divide the steps down into smaller and more manageable daily, weekly, and monthly tasks, and create a regular check-in system to gauge progress.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. What is Team Coaching?

Team coaching is a certification program, designed to combine the synergies of a group so that they work as an efficient team. A team coaching group usually involves up to 10 members who work together to achieve collective goals.

Q2. Do all objectives need to be aligned for team coaching?

Yes, all objectives need to be aligned for efficient team coaching. To increase the success rate, make sure there is alignment between personal, team, and organizational objectives.

Q3. For effective team coaching, how should the goals be?

Great leaders build and nurture collaborative teams, invest the time necessary to establish clear goals, and guide people in fulfilling their leadership vision. This is very important for effective team coaching.

Q4. How does writing down goals helps in effective team coaching?

Written goals are better than a verbalized goals. The reason is when goals are written down the then the goals are well described and the vagueness disappears. One can pay active attention to the agenda of the goal and the goal itself.

Q5. Is there any right time to set the goals?

No, there is no right time to set the goals. But it is preferred to set the goals in the beginning so that pre definned goals can better the chance of achievement.