Great Goals, Great Performance

Effective goal setting

Great performance starts with great goals. That’s why challenging and meaningful goals are so important to performance management. When faculty and staff create goals to align with their department’s priorities they’re also directing their attention, time, and actions to what matters most.

Setting Great Goals

College and unit priorities can change in an instant and faculty and staff goals may also need to change to support those priorities. Simple, yet important goals

When creating effective goals:

  • Fewer is better. Identify no more than important things the faculty or staff member needs to accomplish during the year.
  • Be specific. Describe both what will be accomplished and the behaviors needed to achieve the goal.
  • Align with college or unit priorities. Create goals that support your college, unit, or department’s most important priorities.
  • Describe success. Include information that answers the question: how will I know I’ve achieved my goal?

Resources for Supervisors

  • Effective performance management starts with setting meaningful goals. Use this Quick Guide to Goal Setting to guide your conversations about goals.
  • The HOW in goal setting comes from key competencies⏤knowledge, skills, and abilities. These key competencies are integral to meeting goals and improving performance.