CHAPTER 3

Collaborate with Your Employee to Create a Plan for Moving Forward

Once you and your employee have developed a clear set of challenging goals with specific metrics, you’ll need to ensure that there’s a practical plan in place for achieving them. As social psychologist Heidi Grant says, “Creating goals that teams and organizations will actually accomplish isn’t just a matter of defining what needs doing; you also have to spell out the specifics of getting it done, because you can’t assume that everyone involved will know how to move from concept to delivery.”1

Goals can seem impenetrable, even overwhelming, but they become much more manageable when there’s a detailed plan to reach them. An ambitious objective that will take a year to ...

Get HBR Guide to Performance Management (HBR Guide Series) now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.