Setting Goals for yourself while on a development and/or leadership programme is a crucial part of 'owning' your development trajectory. If you are not sure what it is you want to achieve by when, it is obviously very hard for others such as mentors, coaches and managers to appropriately support you.
Here is a quick guide on how to set and create Goals for yourself.
1. Decide what 4-5 things you want to achieve by the date given on your progress page. On Kandu we encourage Mentees to set no more than 5 'big' Goals that they are motivated to achieve and/ or excited by so as not to overwhelm yourself. It often helps if it's something that's just a little bit beyond what you currently think you and/or your team can do. The target date for your set of Goals will be set by the programme, which you can view on the top right hand side of your progress page.
2. Break your Goals down into a handful of Tasks. Think about the smaller 'actions' that are steps on the way to achieving your bigger aim. This will help you break your bigger Goals into something more achievable, and also help you feel that you are making progress towards your Goals when you mark their related Tasks as 'complete', 'in progress' or 'parked' when you report progress. You may also want to add Prompts which are places you can add notes about each Task.
3. Add your Goals and related Tasks to your Kandu progress page. Writing down Goals increases your chances of sticking with them. The act of writing them down starts the process of 'contracting' with yourself and holding yourself accountable for your own career or business development. Try not to use Kandu in the way you might use a project management tool such as Trello, for example - this is not a place to add every task you need to achieve. Its a place to focus on the big picture, and on the middle to longer term future. Please read How to edit, delete or add Goals for more information.
4. Tell someone about your Goals. Telling someone we know about our Goals also increases the likelihood that we will stick at them. Kandu automates this for Mentees - by adding or inviting a Supporter to your Supporter Team, they get access to your progress page and can see for themselves what it is you are trying to achieve. Supporters can also help you to clarify and improve your set of Goals and Tasks, so we recommend that you spend your first mentoring or coaching session with at least one Supporter, completing your progress page Goals and Tasks.
5. Keep going and lean on your Supporter Team. Working towards Goals can often be difficult and frustrating. The process of reporting on Kandu is meant to help you to step back and review your progress, and then prompt you to meet with at least one Supporter to discuss your progress and/or any blockers you are facing. If you need to adjust your Goals - that's ok. Goals can be changed and adapted to suit changing circumstances.