Stretch goals intend to unlock potential. Whether for an individual, a group, or a company, the stretch goals, can motivate and inspire even when unmet. Confidence and capabilities grow when a team pushes out of the comfort zone.
Why then is the setting of stretch goals met with resistance by employees? Let's probe what happens when:
- multiple stretch goals are set?
- achieving the stretch goal becomes expected?
- employees continually fail to meet their stretch goals?
- little or no resources are available?
When continually faced with an impossibility, good employees become disengaged. They may game the system and cloak their achievable goals as stretch goals. Desperate employees may cheat. Tensions increase.
The key to successful outcomes would be to address those issues head-on. Reevaluate if the employee or team already stretched. Consider limiting stretch goals to an employee or team that has recently enjoyed significant successes. Build in consideration for resources, such as time allotted or expenses.
Whether you are writing a training program for managers or wanting to hone your own goals, your professional membership at ATD can help.
Written by Susan Wines, Digital eLearning Specialist