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05/06/08
First year on the job. “Smarter” objectives
Filed under: Mentoring, First Year on Job, Leadership, Mature professionals, Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 6:38 pm

While listening to a guest speaker talk about
the importance of doing things well in your
first years in a position and what things to
do, she spoke about “SMARTER” objectives.

This is an improvement on SMART objectives,
the acronym commonly referred to in project
and leadership circles for appraisal and performance
management systems.
Looking at wikipedia they list (The link
provides suggestions of origins and other
elements.) the terms as

Letter   Term             Less frequently used terms
S          Specific         Significant, stretching, simple
M         Measurable     Meaningful, motivational,
                                    manageable
A         Achievable     Agreed, attainable, assignable
                                    appropriate, actionable,
                                    action-oriented
R          Relevant        Realistic, results/results-focused
                                     results-oriented, resourced
                                     rewarding
T          Time-bound   Time-based, trackable, timely
E          [added]          Exciting, evaluated
R          [added]          Recorded, rewarding, reviewed

Understanding these terms in the context of the business
and project goals will help define workable objectives.

Another new learning is that these smarter objectives can
have shorter time-frames for review, reflection and revision.
Whereas it was institutional to do this at mid-year and year
end, she spoke about one-month, two-month and three-
month intervals, especially when first starting out, in fast
moving areas, or more fluid areas.

It was very good that the students were exposed to these
concepts.

2 Responses to “First year on the job. “Smarter” objectives”

  1. site admin Says:
    Paul J. Meyer’s “Attitude is Everything” is quoted
    as listing for SMARTER Objectives

    Specific
    Measurable
    Attainable
    Realistic
    Tangible …
    made smarter
    Evaluate
    Re-do

    Although there is a slight terminology switch here
    with “goals” and “objectives.” There are no single
    correct combination of terms.

    Conceptually the thought-hook tries to simplify
    a challenging, ever-evolving effort to focus to
    achieve results.
  2. site admin Says:
    Sarah Needleman mentioned a few suggestions
    related to first year on the job in a May 20,
    2008 WSJ article, “It pays to plan ahead when
    taking a new job.”

    She references people who suggest getting
    an informal jump (”hitting the ground running”)
    on meeting people with whom you work.

    A personal email to establish a time to talk might
    pay dividends, if it done professionally using
    network references or based on your meeting
    in the interview process.

    It might be good to learn about
      your new boss,
      how objectives are set and
      how they think your SMARTER objectives
    plan might be received.
    What are the “optional” but expected things
    to do!

    If it does not seem to be win-win, be willing to exit gracefully.

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