Stop shaking you head. You think you know all you can about SMART goals and you think you are a master at setting and managing specific, measurable, action oriented and aligned, realistic, and timebound objectives, but I’ve added some twists for 2011.

Many of the companies shamed during the great recession had trained their managers to set SMART goals for their departments and direct reports. In fact, I think we’d be hard pressed to find a training department or company that doesn’t use SMART goals in their materials.

So, why didn’t those SMART goals help us avoid the catastrophic jolts to our economies? Here’s why.

© Leila Bulling Towne 2010

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