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Setting goals and objectives

Featured in the Motivation in Practice training manual

By Eddie Davies

Category: People Management and Motivation

Credit price: 4 download credits (Single user)

Goal setting lies at the heart of many motivational theories. This training activity introduces participants to goal and objective setting as a means of improving motivation and focusing performance at work. It is based on the work of Edwin Locke and Gary Latham, who established the importance of individuals’ goals as a key to motivation and identified four key features of effective goal setting.

You begin this training activity by leading a discussion on the importance of establishing individuals’ goals as a key to motivating them. Four key features of effective goal setting are then identified. Following this, you lead an exercise during which participants identify their life and career goals, and refine these to their current top three. The participants then work in pairs, reviewing their top three goals against a five-point checklist – the SMART test. When satisfied that these goals are well defined, you introduce a ten-step programme for turning them into action; this involves identifying objectives that will enable the achievement of each goal and, finally, key tasks that have to be performed in order to achieve each objective. Participants again work in pairs, applying the ten-step programme while receiving support and guidance from their partner. You conclude this training activity with a plenary review, which explores the effectiveness of the approach and identifies some key steps participants can take to transfer their learning back to the workplace.

Who is it for: This training resource is intended for use by trainers to help participants examine goal and objective setting as a means of improving motivation and focusing performance at work, and look at the work of Edwin Locke and Gary Latham.

Resource Type:Activity
Min Group Size:4
Max Group Size:12
Typical Duration:03:00:00
No of Pages:23

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Purpose: This training resource is intended for use by trainers in all training events that introduce the key aspects of motivation. It has been successfully used on training programmes such as an introduction to effective management, building and leading a team, improving staff performance, leadership skills, and self and time management.

Download the training activity, Setting goals and objectives as featured in the Fenman training manual; Motivation in Practice