But let’s talk about how the two things fit together.
Goals help you see the finish line. They help you know what you’re working for and they keep you focused on the right things. But without feedback along the way, two things can happen that make it harder for you to achieve your goal:
- Working Harder Not Smarter – Sometimes when you are so focused on getting to the end, you don’t pace yourself. You work hard and if you don’t see progress right away, you might give up. This is where feedback can help. Getting feedback can show you where you are making progress (even though you might not be able to see it) or help you find new ideas and new things to try that help you move forward. The right feedback at the right time will help you stay on track.
- Getting Off Track – In our world of smartphones and 24×7 connectivity, distractions are everywhere. And getting distracted can derail your well-constructed plan for achieving your goals. Timely feedback can help you see where you are getting off track, and where you are spending your time so you can get back on course.
Goals and feedback go together and are the core tools for performance management. To learn more about effective goal planning, giving feedback, and compensation planning, take a look at our performance management eLearning curriculum.