By: Ken Austin
Professional goal setting is a commitment of an individual to his profession, or a commitment of an institution to its staff. This is also a pledge of the institution to its target beneficiary, by giving itsthe best service, through comprehensive training of its manpower.
Having said this, professional goal setting, in its very nature, is giving emphasis on enhancing the future performance level of the individual or group. Of course, it is presumed that the group or the individual had prior experience on the process of goal setting of this nature. If there is no familiarity with the process, the goal setting exercise is even more important.
But what does professional goal setting provide for an individual or group? Perhaps the individual, alone or as a part of a group, has a prior immersion with personal or career planning. Why add another goal setting process to an already informed person or group?
The principle behind professional goal setting
The good thing about this form of goal setting when conducted by an institution or a group is that, it focuses not only for the common good of the group but also for the individual members. When facilitated by a competent moderator, the process can be an invigorating experience for each of the member, and to the group as a whole.
It is also common for institute-initiated professional goal setting to include the identification of area that needs development. This area is then put into focus, and relates it to the individual concerned, without losing sight on the constantly evolving needs for individual career planning. The impact of this group planning to an individual is just astounding.
Professional goal setting when done in a group can also offer several schemes to secure resources, which are usually unthinkable for an individual professional.
The institution can also help in sourcing out finances needed by the group or individuals, for their goal planning. Also, the identification of possible obstacles in achieving goals can be extended into details, which is otherwise difficult to achieve when setting up a goal alone. The collective experience of the institution regarding this process can be a rich source of inspiration and intuition.
The benefits of institution-initiated professional goal setting are so immense that joining some of these exercises is never a waste of time.
In fact, this type of goal setting is not only limited to private institutions that are more inclined to do this stuff such as educational and religious institutions, but other as well.
Corporations, huge and small, are now racing against time to incorporate into their calendar of activities, schedules of goal setting for their executives and other staffs.
Harmonizing the company's goal with the career and professional goals of the company employees can be immensely beneficial. This will allow people to be more open, conscientious, thus developing the environment into a more conducive place for professional growth.
This last point is very important because it drives the point against those that advocate individualistic professional goal setting. Of course, setting personal goal is the basis for every collective goal setting but too much concentration on this part will lead into ambitions verging into selfishness.
Admittedly, there are many people who would only want to benefit from the others but not return the favor even in other forms. But even from this, a sensitive person can still benefit-that of learning what not to do.