Setting Your Goals Without Jargon (Harvard ManageMentor video)by Stacey Barr |
Avoiding business jargon helps to set goals that can be achieved and measured. That’s the topic of this Harvard ManageMentor video with Stacey Barr.
How ruthless can you be with replacing weasel words and jargon in your goals, so people really do understand what they mean in a tangible way, and can measure them more easily and meaningfully?
Using sensory language is really a way to involve people. I have read many a time in the past that the reluctance of individuals to participate in a measurement program is a deterrent to the progress of these initiatives. Conversing using sensory languages gives a holistic approach and is less intimidating for the users. It sure will have a civilised and refining effect on people and bring about better participation.
My suggestion for the implementors to try this method is as follows:
Let your team members imagine a situation related to your business problem or opportunity in hand and describe them using sensory words. what they write should result is – catching the spirit of the issue,describe what they see etc.
Encouragement to use colours, shapes, movement and appearance in sight related sensory words, Loud, soft and speech sounds in Sound related sensory words can be tried.
Great stuff Stacey! Looking forward to the other videos (and maybe coming to see you in September in Vancouver).
Excellent take Stacey! This has other implications and many other similar applications too. For example what I use with my clients when they try to create the profile of their top performer is an exercise in which they bring the image of their already top performer in front of them and ask them to think what in their behaviours make them a model for future top performers in their organisation. Then we work on those lines. It’s vivid, comprehensive, highly involving and very effective. Thanks for mentioning sensory language!
Stacey – this was fantastic. I’m not a jargon type of person and it’s so easy to understand the way you explain things.
Good insight on goal setting.Tried using the concept in setting a goal for my daughther’s performance improvement.Instead of saying you should get good marks and rank, asked her to write down specifically that “Goal is to achieve 95% or more in Maths, physic and chemistry and Less 500 rank in engineering competitive exam”. Am I right here in avoiding the weasel words here in this instance?
Ofcourse did gave her an idea and she has written on her own…. and whenever her tutor comes for giving tuition, it would be reminder statement for him as well as to her,it seemed to have worked for her SSC exam, however would like to know on how to make the goal statement from not bad to good…
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