One Minute Goal Setting needs the managers to help the subordinate write down their goals before trying to achieve them. The manager needs to do the same by writing done their expectations from the subordinates in the form of goals. The goals are supposed to be 250 words so that they are able to read it in under one minute.
Writing down their goals and their expectations allow both the manager and the subordinate to understand what is expected of them.
Once the subordinate has shared the goals (in under 250 words), the manager needs to discuss the goals that they have drawn out for the subordinates according to the organizational goals. A healthy discussion should ensue, allowing decisions to be made based on data and facts. The manager should convey the importance of the subordinate’s goals and how they are connected to the organizational goals. They should understand the impact of their work and how the manager supports them.
Finalize a ‘mutually-agreed-upon’ goal sheet with defined objectives and timelines. The objectives and the timelines should be crystal clear to avoid any ambiguity and should enable a subordinate to be able to breakdown their goals into daily tasks.
Additional time needs to be spent with a person at the beginning of a task as the manager is trying to train this person to do the task successfully. The managers also need to ensure that they touch base with subordinates at regular intervals, if they need any help. It is suggestible to address a lapse soo than to allow it to mount up.
The subordinates need to spend a minute at the beginning of their work, a minute sometime during the day, and a minute at the end of the day to read through their goals. The goals can be put up on the workstations or can be displayed on a notepad on the desktop screen. Whatever is suitable should be done, but the goals need to be read a few times each day.
This ensures that the subordinate always has a track of their performance, and over a period helps them remember the goals too.
- The entire team knows what is expected from the beginning of any task
- No Surprises
- Subordinates are self-motivated as they have defined their goals
- Subordinates take complete responsibility for their actions
- Improves productivity and efficiency
- The Manager has more time to focus on their work
- The Employee learns how to think around problems and solve them
- When faced with a difficult situation, the manager should encourage the subordinate to Think, Analyze, and Act on the problem.