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
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,
A Achievable Agreed, attainable, assignable
R Relevant Realistic, results/results-focused
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