Goals that are clear as mud hold teams back – here’s how to develop clear team goals
When a team has clear goals and enjoys a positive emotional vibe this will drive both creativity and innovation.*
But if goals are clear as mud, your team will definitely be held back from becoming the best it could.
Goal clarity builds motivation to be creative and innovative, and to take calculated risks.
Goal clarity also encourages teams to collaborate and pull together to achieve success. Even in tough times, clear goals can build certainty and help teams stay on track. They can then achieve high levels of productivity. Goal clarity and a positive emotional vibe are the foundations for high and consistent team performance.
7 ways to achieve goal clarity and flourish – and secure high team performance:
- Involve team members in developing, clarifying and prioritising team goals before undertaking any creative or innovative activity
- Build a positive emotional climate (see previous blog post [Positive Emotional Climate])
- Encourage team members to drive changes in their work processes
- Use team-building to get new team members, or new teams, established quickly with clear goals
- Explore and develop team values, and explore how the team will work together
- Provide coaching to help individual team members be flexible and develop a commitment to team goals
- Resolve interpersonal conflict and conflict between teams to create a positive team vibe
A positive emotional climate with clarity around team goals helps creativity and innovation become the norm and enables – and sustains – high levels of team productivity.
* Peralta, C.F. et al. (2015) Innovation processes and team effectiveness: The role of goal clarity and commitment, and team-affective tone, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, vol 88, part 1, March
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