Goal Setting with Strength

POSTED ON 
February 18, 2019

Though we’re almost two months into the 2019 (how did that happen?!), the year is still fresh and it’s still a great time to set goals. SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic/Relevant and Time Bound) goals are great, but as a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, I encourage our team to take it a step further and use their personal strengths to set individual goals for the year. Each year, our team reviews their personal strengths (identified though the CliftonStrengths assessment) and reflects on how they are demonstrated professionally and focuses on how to grow their strengths even more. Using these strengths to guide annual goal setting is a natural next step to this process.

And, there is data to back this up! Extensive research conducted by Gallup shows that employees who know and intentionally apply their strengths to their work are six times more likely to be engaged at work, nearly eight-percent more productive in their role and six times as likely to do what they do best every day!

Here is how the Brilliant Ink team approaches setting our individual goals for the year:

Reflect

·     Look at your 2018 Goals, Strength Finder Resultsand 2019 Company Vision and Goals. Take some time to reflect on what you accomplished in 2018 and where you’d like to go in 2019 and beyond.

Find Focus

·     Pick one strength that you will spend the year refining and list three ideas for how you can work on refining that strength.

Get specific

·     Consider your strengths and skills and think about the areas where you want to grow to reach your long-term career goals. Ask yourself: “What can I do differently that would have the greatest positive effect on my work?” Choose at least two areas you would like to focus on in the year ahead and identify the strengths you can lean into to make them happen.

·     Think about your role in contributing to the ongoing success of the company. Where can you stretch yourself and go above-and-beyond in your current role? Review the 2019Company Goals and create at least two goals that will contribute to the company goals and identify the strengths you can lean into to make them happen.

Identify resources

·     Now that you have some amazing goals, what help do you need to achieve them? Are there classes or conferences that could further your understanding? An expert on the team? Someone’s strength that you can borrow? A way your manager can assist? Come up with three (or more!) resources that can support your goal progress.

Take action

·     Get moving on your goals! Identify something you can do over the next 48 hours to put one of your goals into action and a milestone you’d like to achieve in the next 30 days.

If you’re looking for more inspiration on goal-setting, check out these great blog posts:

Ready, Set, Goal!

Creating & Setting Strength-based Goals

Effective Goal Setting 101

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Anna Downing
HEAD OF PEOPLE & OPERATIONS

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