Goal setting, is rarely done well but it is key in a mentor relationship. Goals ensures that both the Mentor and User think about key outcomes upfront and throughout their relationship.
Here are the 5 G’s for goal setting to make sure this important step is done well!
The 5 G's for Goal setting -
1. Goal Categories
There are 3 types of goal - technical, career, personal.
Technical goals - Is a new capability or skill that you want to learn with your current job;
Career goals - What you're aiming for in your professional life, or your place of work.; and
Personal goals - What you aspire to achieve for yourself: emotionally, physically and in your personal relationships
2. Goal Balance
Always try to find a balance when setting goals. You should aim to have 1 goal for each of the 3 categories.
3. Goal Priorities
If you want to achieve a goal, focus only on 3 at the one time. You may have a long list of desires but you need to decide on the 3 most important things that you want to achieve.
4. Goal Writing
By writing your goals down, you are giving them a sense of importance. When you write your goals state "I will … so that …." This will bring into focus a specific outcome instead of a task or a vague statement.
5. Goal Timing
Don't make "forever" goals. Your goals must be stated with a time frame in mind. This puts a sense of urgency into your goals. To make goals realistic the timing should be 3 months, 6 months or 12 months.
For a mentor relationship here are some examples of good and not so good goals to set:
Good: I will complete a training course over 12 months to learn HTML coding so that I can create better software
Not so good: As an Engineer I want to achieve RPG in 3 years (why: goals should be achievable in 12 months maximum)
Good: I will connect with 5 different people across the organisation within 3 months so that I can gain a better understanding of what my career options are
Not so good: I will learn as much as I can to get be able to get my next job (why: isn''t specific and doesn't describes an outcome)
Good: I will prioritize my exercise routine and complete 5/6 sessions a week so that in 6 months I will get back my flat stomach and feel great in my clothes
Not so good: I want to improve my work life balance (why: not time bound, isn't specific and doesn't describes an outcome)
Use these 5 tips to setting achievable goals. Live your dreams and succeed!