Five Keys to Better Goal-Setting in Performance Management

It's early in the year and a lot of you probably are still trying to get started making sure everyone has goals that tie into how you do performance management at your company.

But you're looking at the goal-setting tip sheet you want to send out to managers—you know the one—with SMART goals and a bunch of other things that are true but seem like cliches at this point because everyone has heard them so many times, right?

Never fear—I’m here to help you with the latest white paper I did over at my company (Kinetix - check us out if you didn't know) entitled, "Remove the Suspects: Five Keys to Better Goal Setting in Performance Management.” You should download it, because here's what I'm slinging your way:

1. Real words to replace tired buzzwords like “goals” and “goal setting” that will actually resonate with your team and set you up to clearly define what’s most important in their role. We call them “the five most important things.” 

2. A roadmap to help you create goals that are conversational in nature and position you to become a career coach for your “A” players and help weed out your suspect “C” players. There's a clear path to talking about the difference between good and great performance and what's in it for the employee that sets your managers up to be coaches.  I'll give you what I would do if I were you.

3. A simple one-page worksheet that allows you to set goals for your employees in a way that doesn’t feel like another big process for the corporate database in the sky. Give me a shout if you need more detail than what's included in the whitepaper.

If you want to read more, go get the whitepaper here (registration required). Not a sales pitch, just interesting reading and a great way to help your managers out. I wrote it, so if you like what you get here, you'll like the white paper.

If you find registration for content personally appalling, I don't even know who you are anymore. . . . Just kidding, just e-mail me or hit me in the comments if you're hiding from the authorities and are naturally suspicious, and I'll send you the PDF.

Coffee’s for closers. Download “Remove the Suspects” because that cup of Joe just looks better in the hands of an “A” player. 

Kris Dunn is chief human resources officer for Kinetix, an RPO firm for growth companies. Reprinted with permission from his blog at

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