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How effective are you at aligning behaviors with goals you set?

EKG Pulse Graph with Glowing Blue LineOur reader poll today asks: How effective are you at aligning your team’s behaviors with goals you set?

– Very – Everyone knows the desired behaviors to hit our goals: 50%
– Kind of – I point out the most important behavior changes required: 42%
– Not very – I don’t often link behaviors to goals: 6%
– Not at all – I just set the goal, and they’ll figure it out: 2%

Behavior is Key. Goals are great but without specifying which behaviors need to change, your odds of hitting your goals are slim. Be sure to clearly spell out behavior changes required to hit goals. Tell your people what has to change and link it directly to achievement of the goal. If you leave it up to them, they may or may not change the desired behaviors. Why go through all the trouble of setting goals if you’re not going to invest the time in helping your team achieve them?

Do you agree with these poll results? Let us know in the comments below!

Mike Figliuolo at thoughtLEADERS, LLC

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These results were originally a SmartPulse poll in SmartBrief on Leadership which tracks feedback from more than 210,000 business leaders. Get smarter on leadership and sign up for the SmartBrief on Leadership e-newsletter.

4 Responses to “How effective are you at aligning behaviors with goals you set?”

  1. Roz L says:

    May I ask what was the sample size for these polls? I totally agree that merely 50% has for sure aligned their goals

    • Mike Figliuolo says:

      The responses are usually in the thousands. We run the polls through SmartBrief on Leadership which has a readership of 250,000 subscribers.

  2. Mike – that 50% seems really high to me. I wonder if there is a disconnect from what people perceive is alignment and what actually is? And… are the behaviors they think are aligned “observable” and are there consequences for not upholding those standards/behaviors? I guess my question to you and the readers, how do you know – and what measures are in place to know there is true alignment?

    • Mike Figliuolo says:

      I agree Jan. Definitely an issue of perception versus reality. Alignment is definitely tied to accountability and goal setting. Once activities are tied to goals and there are consequences for not behaving accordingly, alignment is much easier to achieve.

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