Why Teams Fail to Meet Goals

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Why did your team fail to meet goals?

If you are a leader or a member of a team I am sure that you have set team goals.  The organization I operate begins to set goals in October and November for the following year.  These goals serve as a guide to direct us and as a thermometer to evaluate the progress of our organization.

If you do this (and I hope you do) you have probably experienced the frustration of teams not achieving the goals that have been set and you wonder why. Why is it that the team failed to meet the goal?  Why did they lose enthusiasm during the journey?  Where did the team or the leader go wrong?

Below are some reasons “why teams fail to meet goals:”

*  Too many goals
If you come away from your planning sessions with pages and pages of goals, most often the team will only meet a few, if any.  Make sure that you keep the goals focused.  Don’t set your team up for failure…set them up for success.  Make the goals slightly out of their reach.  This will cause your team to work harder and dream bigger.

*  Not enough accountability
Do you set goals as a leader and then fail to follow up on them?  If you do, then your team members will sense that that the goals weren’t all that important.  Set goals and then put into place a system of accountability.  Weekly or monthly is up to you, but make sure that you visit your goals and the progress frequently. This will keep your team accountable and it will cause them to take the goals more seriously.

*  Too much leniency
How do you react when a team member doesn’t reach a goal?  Do you simply say “that’s ok, you’ll do better next time.”  Obviously you want to be encouraging and not verbally badger your team, however they do need to feel responsible for not reaching the objective.  They need to understand that it is not acceptable and begin to possess a sense of urgency about the poor results.

*  No strategic plan to reach the goal
We spend time setting the goals, but little or no time creating a strategy to reach them.  That would be like a pilot leaving Los Angeles and setting his destination for Denver and not putting together a plan.  No flight schedule, no thought of fuel, no checking on weather conditions.  The pilot has a goal, but no strategy to successfully obtain it.  When you set goals with your team create a strategy to obtain the goal.  Break the big goal down into small steps and keep the team accountable to each step throughout the journey.  These small victories will motivate them to the end result.

Until next time,

Chris Sonksen

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead


About Chris Sonksen

Chris Sonksen is the founder and Lead Pastor of South Hills Church and has an exceptional ability to inspire both secular and non-secular audiences. Under his leadership, South Hills has experienced phenomenal growth and in just a few short years has grown from a handful of people to nearly 3000 in attendance today. Today South Hills has become a thriving, multi-service and multi-site church. Chris has a magnetic, captivating and humorous style for motivating and inspiring all audiences. As a motivational speaker, he has spoken both nationally and internationally in companies such as Verizon, Securitas and Home Depot, and there is no doubt that by applying his teachings, his audience will improve the quality of their lives! Chris is the author of two books In Search of Higher Ground and Handshake. Chris is the founder of Celera Church Strategy Group an organization with an unwavering commitment to excellence in all things, with the goal to “raise the national average of church attendance,” by equipping church leaders with resources and coaching. Chris brings high-energy focus and a passion for vision and leadership to encourage and equip the local Church. Chris is a native Californian, born in Long Beach and currently resides in Corona with his wife, Laura and their two children, Grace and Aidan.

Posted on June 9, 2010, in choices, goal setting, Habits, Leadership, Personal Growth, Team and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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