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 3-5 things you want to achieve by the date given on your progress page. On Kandu we encourage Mentees to set no more than 5 significant Goals that they are motivated to achieve and/ or excited by so as not to overwhelm yourself. It often helps if you set a Goal that is just a little bit beyond what you currently think you and/or your team can do.
Goals should also be SMART - Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Reasonably realistic (BUT NOT EASY!), and Time-based (in this case achievable by the end of the programme). An example of a good Goal would be: "I will achieve promotion to my target role by the end of the programme" or "I will sell to a major new client such as Tesco by the end of the programme." A Goal should NOT be a 'to-do' such as "I will speak to the sales team by next week" - this is a Task.
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 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.
For example if your Goal is to achieve promotion, how might you break that Goal down into manageable tasks? You might add in: "I will speak to my line manager about what skills/ experiences I need to develop be ready for promotion" and "I will agree with my mentor where my skills/experience gaps are and what to do about developing them." You can then add more Tasks as you understand more about, and progress through this Goal.
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. If your plans change, that is fine - but its good to commit to a working plan, until you know more. 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 the Goals 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 and/or second mentoring or coaching session with at least one Supporter, completing and agreeing your progress page Goals and Tasks together.
5. Keep going and lean on your Supporter Team. Working towards Goals can often be difficult and frustrating. If they are easy, you have not set yourself challenging Goals. 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.