My company subscribes to the theory of SMART goals. After listening to your cast on setting annual goals I saw the light. The S, A and T in smart are unnecessary given a measurable and time-bound goal. I'm stuck however on the assertion that goals do not have to be realistic if they are M and T. An example:
I want to lose 50 pounds by March 1, 2008. Measurable? Yes. Time-bound? Yes. Realistic? Probably not.
In the setting annual goals cast you assert that it is the manager's responsibility to ensure that employee goals are realistic so the R in SMART is unnecessary because it will take care of itself. Using the weight loss example above, this goal would pass muster given that a manager is not competent (which could very likely be the case). If that is the situation then doesn't adhering to SMART (with a strong focus on M and T) still make sense?
Can anyone comment on this? I am all about simplicity and want to enforce MT goals instead of SMART goals. However, I want to make sure that I am not setting my employees up for failure.