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Setting SMART targets

A key part of any learning programme, and mentoring programme, is setting targets.

Well defined targets allows the person wishing to develop to focus on a particular area of their work or personal skills assisting them in progressing towards them.

Setting clear and measurable targets offers the shows when a target has been achieved, allows for achievement to be acknowledged, and provides an opportunity to consider the next stage of progression.

Targets should be agreed rather than imposed. They should be achievable but also challenging, to allow the individual to maximise their progress and build their confidence.

All targets should be SMART.


A general target would be - “I must get fit”

A SMART target would be - “I must join a gym this month and work out 3 days per week”

Set a series of smaller SMART targets.

Setting a large target can feel unsurmountable but setting a series of smaller targets that lead to the achievement of the overall goal will support the individual to achieve it and build confidence and skills on the way.

Set very clear actions,

Who, what, where, when, which and why?

Establish data that will identify that the target has been met.

What must be done? How much should be done? By when?

Is this achievable for this individual at this time?

Does it stretch and challenge them?

Does this goal relate to the individuals overall objectives?

Will they be motivated by it?

Is it at a high enough level for it to be motivational?

Does the individual believe in this goal?

Set a clear time frame.

This will offer a sense of urgency and provide a point at which the target can be assessed for achievement.

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