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Small Group Facilitation: Improving Process and Performance in Groups and Teams by Judith A. Kolb

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Group Goal Setting

A group goal is a desired result that the group hopes to achieve. For short-term groups, this may be the stated purpose of the group—what it hopes to accomplish. For long-term groups, these goals may be multifaceted and reflect both current and long-term priorities. For the latter groups, goal setting may stand alone as a process or be part of an overall strategic plan. Either way, an assessment of goals is a useful activity. The following statements, adapted from Albanese, Franklin, and Wright (1997, p. 159), can be used by groups to assess both their goals and the goal-setting process:

1.   We commit time, energy, and resources to goal setting.

2.   Goals are proactive rather than reactive.

3.   Goals are written.

4.   We ...

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