What are the best type of coaching questions to ask when using SMART goals? Of course, that depends on the needs and the situation of your client or colleague. Are their principles that will help you design coaching questions that parallel smart goals? Are their key strategic questions that are fundamental to utilize?
The answer is yes and in this article I will describe the key SMART goal coaching question strategies. In a previous article I gave credit to George Doran who originally created the SMART Goal acronym which we define as Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound.
Unclear goals are one of the biggest stumbling blocks to effective goal setting and performance. Effective goals are clear, specific, measurable and time-bound. Measurable goals channel you to focus your efforts.
Zig Ziglar, author of the bestseller, See You at the Top, which sold two million copies said, "A goal properly set is halfway reached."
The value of the SMART goal process is it’s a tool to help your client create specific, measurable goals—and those are the types of goals that 35 years of research says will be more likely to be achieved.
A SMART goal names the clear outcome of what the client wants to achieve. Remember that the goal process is not the "how"—the "how" will come next. Your job as coach when helping a client to create SMART goals is to facilitate them to describe clearly where they want to go in a measurable manner and by a specific deadline.
Here are favorite SMART goal coaching questions of experienced coaches. Remember to always customize these questions to the client.
After the SMART goals are identified the next is to help the client brainstorm action steps to achieve their goal.