Everyone needs goals. Sometimes those goals are life changing, like saving for an early retirement, and sometimes those goals are more immediate, like making sure you drink 64 oz of water a day. We love setting goals and we encourage all of our team members to set goals as well.
One of the ways we help team members set and meet goals is by using internal reports. These reports give team members the data needed to see if they are moving towards their goals. One of our team members really wants to get better at soldering. He wants to get so good that eventually he'll be able to teach soldering to the public at the local maker space. He uses the data on our internal reports to see how fast he solders and how accurate his soldering is. He then sets goals based on those reports to see if he can get better. When he does see improvement, we celebrate his success with him and encourage him to continue his progress.
Even personal goals, like getting out of debt, become opportunities to coach our team members. We all have experiences we can share and when we learn from each other, we become a stronger team.
How do you encourage goal setting in your team?
Below: Haley, Ashlee, and Peter (left) celebrate meeting our latest shipping goal. Collin (right) is currently going to school and has a goal of graduating with a mechanical engineering degree.