Just one thing: Link individual and team goals

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Just one thing: Practical tips for veterinary practices

Goals are important to any successful business. They give a clear focus, motivate employees, and provide targets to work toward. Goal setting also can provide you with the criteria you need to measure success. Having clear, well-defined goals helps you take control of your business’s direction and increases the chance of achieving larger, longer-term targets. 

Setting complementary goals for individuals and teams can help foster a sense of motivation and empowerment, and spur creative solutions to practice bottlenecks. By linking individual and team goals, you can drive faster progress, encourage collaboration and teamwork, and promote a supportive workplace culture that can boost psychological safety and team retention. All of this can support the bottom line. Here’s how you can tackle this opportunity in 15 minutes or less:

  1. Communicate the practice’s goals with all employees.
  2. Provide an online forum or schedule a time for employees to suggest creative solutions to achieving the team goals. 
  3. Define individual goals that apply each team member’s strengths to advance the shared practice goals.

Once these steps are complete, you can formulate action plans that incorporate the feedback of your team and align with their strengths. Optimize these plans by including the individual actions to be taken, a deadline for achieving each goal, the resources required, and a method to measure success. It’s also important to have a contingency plan that spells out what can be done if you’re not on track.  


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