Goals: Be SMART and LEAN

Got stretch goals this year? Make sure they’re smart and LEAN. Otherwise, if you don’t have the resources you need, you’re likely to snap before you reach your targets.

Are your 2009 goals both SMART and LEAN?

Most employers now insist that goals be SMART. They’re specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time bound. In this economic climate, they should also be LEAN. That is, they should require a minimal amount of money and other resources to execute—if you expect to achieve them and get good results.

Csaba Szücs, an internal communicator working for DENSO Manufacturing Hungary LTD. (a Japanese company in Hungary), shared some of his goals for 2009 with The LEAN Communicator. Like most of us, he’s working with restricted resources this year. Many of his goals are tactical actions designed to help managers and employees do their jobs better and easier. His list, with some amplification from me in bold and italics, includes:

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