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The background to SMART
It is widely accepted that SMART was first introduced by George T. Doran. It appeared as an article in Management Review in 1981. Interestingly, it was never framed as the coaching model that we know it tonight. More of a set of guidelines. That answered the question ‘how do you write meaningful objectives?’.
Over the years, Open Door, and many others have used the acronym. But importantly, wrapped quality coaching questions around it.
You can read the original article here.
Reference: Doran, G. T. (1981). “There’s a S.M.A.R.T. Way to Write Management’s Goals and Objectives”, Management Review, Vol. 70, Issue 11, pp. 35-36.
What does Realist mean?
Turning to Google Dictionary we find these definitions:
(1) having or showing a sensible and practical idea of what can be achieved or expected. “I thought we had a realistic chance of winning”
(2) representing things in a way that is accurate and true to life. “a realistic human drama”
Interestingly, they are great definitions to break down further and explore.
The value in being realistic
The first part of the definition shows the value of discussing realistic in our coaching sessions. Asking good coaching questions means we can help turn ideas into the practical and sensible. Furthermore, turning goals into a plan. Importantly breaking tasks down into achievable pieces. For example, using the W in the GROW model.
The link to high performance
Interestingly, we can set unrealistic goals to push us of our comfort zones. Furthermore, to achieve what you have never achieved. But we would call that a vision. When it comes to high performance being realistic means:
- Breaking that vision down
- Being flexible, modifying and adapting
- Finding measurable chunks
- Gaining motivation from small wins
And of course we can build coaching questions around all of these elements. You will enjoy listening to Brigitte generate these questions on the webinar. And we cover this topic on our Leader as Coach program.
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