As a manager you probably use a process for goal setting and tracking that is based on the acronym SMART. SMART provides you with the ability to track your subordinates’ progress and gives you opportunities for coaching and performance improvement.
SMART is a linear, logical process that fits nicely with traditional management styles. But it may not be the best tool for supporting great breakthroughs and getting dramatic performance improvements. In this, as well as employee development, a new goal setting process, SAFE, may offer superior results.
SAFE is non-linear and a bit illogical, in that faith plays a big part in SAFE’s process.
SAFE combines the best aspects of SMART with the power of the Law of Attraction. SAFE stands for
- See your goal,
- Accept it,
- Feel it with emotion, and
- Express it.
You may be initially reluctant to acknowledge, let alone utilize, the power of the spiritual world. Traditionally, business has relegated spirituality to something employees do on Sunday. But that is changing. The science of quantum physics is beginning to confirm much of traditional spiritual wisdom, including the Law of Attraction. Businesses that thrive in the future will take advantage of Universal wisdom and learn to access the full power of attraction and creativity.
The SAFE Method of Goal Setting
Pick a business goal for your group that involves the entire group. Perhaps there’s a quality or customer service target that would set your group apart from the average group others doing similar work. Let’s use a customer service goal as an example.
See the Vision
Begin by imagining the customer service goal that would set a new standard for your business or industry. Do you feel excited? Good, now ignore the next thoughts of how in the world you’ll accomplish this new standard. That will come later. For now, it’s important to See the goal achieved and to Accept that the ways to get there will come.
Accept, Feel, and Express
Spend some time visualizing your world after the goal is achieved. See, with rich emotion, the recognition you and your group receive from your company, from customers, and from business analysts. In your mind, read the articles about your group’s accomplishments. Feel the pride that comes with a team of people making a great accomplishment.
Replay (Express) this vision several times over a few days, each time enriching it with emotion and detail.
Share Your Vision
Now it’s time to enroll your employees. Gather them together and share your vision for the future. Ask them to withhold questions about how to achieve the vision. Share your vision in great detail, painting a rich picture that includes customer’s positive reactions and stunning recognition for each employee.
Seek to enroll everyone in the vision as something worthwhile and exciting. Ask them to think about the vision over the next few days without trying to figure out how to accomplish it.
Each day, send out an email or a voice message reinforcing some aspect of the vision. As you discuss business issues make it a point to touch on the vision. Perhaps put together a collage of the vision and post it on a bulletin board.
Refrain from trying to lay out the action steps to reach the goal. Instead, accept the nudges of intuition and inspiration that naturally come as a result of holding the vision strongly in mind.
Soon you’ll find that the appropriate action steps are apparent; they’ve surfaced as inspirations, questions, and suggestions during your many vision meetings. Begin working toward the vision as actionable ideas unfold. Don’t worry about identifying all the action items; they’ll unfold over time. Continue to see the vision clearly and with emotion, trusting the process.
Using SAFE, you’ll find your employees engaged, enthused, and motivated. They’re a part of the vision, perhaps each seeing it from a different perspective and with differing motivations. But they will be engaged and committed as long as the vision is held firmly in view as the group’s future.