Management Skills: Objective setting for new managers
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Management Skills: Objective setting for new managers

How to create focus and clarity for your team
4.4 (26 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,981 students enrolled
Created by Richard Lock
Last updated 7/2017
Price: Free
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • ensure your teams are crystal clear on the results expected of them.
  • how to use S.M.A.R.T. objectives for maximum performance management benefit
  • how to avoid the standards trap
  • How to create a simple 1 page plan to give focus and clarity to a team
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  • Be a new manager, or someone aspiring to become a manager.

The ability to use performance objectives to provide focus and clarity for your team is one of the foundations of effective management.

This short course will step new managers through the objective setting process, highlight the common traps that even experienced managers fall into, and will enable new managers to hit the objectives deck running.

Strong objective setting understanding and skills increase the probability you will

manage a best performing team

manage a team that know what is expected of them

manage a team that delivers on its objectives

The principles are important, but the execution critical.

The course is short and focused so you can refresh your thinking whenever you find yourself agreeing new objectives with team members. It's like a pocket coach.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who is new to management
  • Existing managers who wish to refresh and quality check their objective setting skills
  • People who aspire to become a manager
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Curriculum For This Course
Let's get straight into it.
13 Lectures 47:20

Be welcomed to the course and get a top line overview of the key content.


This is why objective setting matters for managers new and old.

Are objectives really that important?

Are standards accidentally getting in your way?

We all need standards

S.M.A.R.T. is a tried and tested, classic approach to objective setting, yet doing it well still proves challenging for many managers.

The value of SMART

A practice activity to put your learning into use.

Activity: Could these be SMARTer?

Review your learning activity.

Activity: How did you do?

Here's a simple method new manages can use to make their objectives SMARTER.

Here's a SMART method

Using these 4 types of objectives well will transform your approach to managing performance.

The only 4 objectives you need

Time to make it work in your real world of work.

Activity: Practical Application

A simple tool to maintain strong focus and clarity.

The one page plan

Make sure you don't just focus your objectives on specific tasks. You need to also think about your people.

Activity: The hardest nut to crack?

Make sure you are focusing o the right things.

Establish priorities

Thanks and a bonus discount code for other courses.

Bonus Lecture
About the Instructor
Richard Lock
4.3 Average rating
382 Reviews
6,825 Students
6 Courses
People Development Professional: Business & Personal Growth

International Management Trainer | Speaker | Facilitator | Business Coach helping organizations get the best from people and people to get the best from themselves.

Thank You - for checking out at my profile.

You're probably wondering why on earth you should take my online courses, or even work with me more directly.

Well, I've had the privilege to have been a learning and development professional for close to 30 years now. In that time I've worked with a very wide range of organisations and people from all walks of life, and many different countries and backgrounds.

My focus is on helping people learn skills, techniques and behaviours that will add practical value in their everyday lives. That's typically in their business and professional lives, yet often the skills and concepts are very applicable to more personal development outside of work. What matters to me is that the learning is not simply just theoretical, but practically applicable. Knowing stuff is good, but we get improved results and personal growth when we actually apply our learning and do something with it. That's where we really add value.

In support of this approach, I have a lot of experience to back it up. I have for 20 years held senior management positions in both public and private sector organisations. I have also run my own consultancy and people development businesses for almost 19 years working with many global brands in a variety of business sectors, family businesses, business start ups and individuals seeking to develop their own skills and abilities.

With all this experience and expertise I have come to realize that a great deal of successful business and people management comes down to effective communication. This may appear to be an obvious, straight forward insight, yet the day to day reality is frequently much more challenging. My favourite quote sums up this challenge nicely;

'the single biggest problem with communication is the illusion it is taking place'

George Bernard Shaw.

The ability to communicate clearly and effectively with people is so crucial to success in any endeavour. Whilst we say we understand that, most of us take communication for granted, and it is often a big mistake that leads to errors, misunderstandings, wasted effort, poor performance and even conflict.

Improving your communication and people management skills can be one of the best investments you'll ever make.

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His knowledge and passion for bringing learning to life is second to none and his detailed yet down-to-earth approach has always been well received. Operations Director

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My primary areas of activity are:

·Presentation, Communication and Influencing and conflict

·Performance management and improvement

·Coaching, Training and Personal Development

·Employee Engagement

I am a qualified user of psychometric tests and a certified NLP Practitioner.