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 ...