M4D1: Goal Setting

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M4D1: Goal Setting. In this activity, we will discuss what a goal is and some best practices for goal setting. What do you hope to accomplish? Is there a plan in development? If you have a plan, could you make any adjustments? Would you consider a different approach than the one listed in your plan? Do you have the required resources? Is each step clearly defined? These are important questions that need to be explored in order to flesh out our goals and identify the most efficient route to achieving them.

For this discussion, you will first need to define what a goal is and provide a comprehensive example of a goal. It is important that you not only understand what a goal is, but how to develop one. Please review the following list of best practices of goal setting:

  • Performance goals are aligned with organizational goals.
  • Goals include specific guidance on how to accomplish them.
  • Achievement of performance goals is used to drive subsequent assignments.
  • Employees and managers consider current performance, individual desires, and department needs when developing a goal.
  • Goals are communicated to the project management team.

In your initial response:

  • After reviewing these best practices, develop two of your own best practices related to goal setting.
  • Provide evidence-based rationale for why you think your chosen best practices are valid.

In response to your classmates, be sure to:

  • Respond to someone who has chosen different best practices than yours.
  • Provide feedback on these best practices.
    • Do you agree with them? Why or why not?
    • Is there anything you would add to their chosen best practices? Why or why not?

Post your primary response. Be sure to review your writing for grammar and spelling before posting. Read any posts already provided by your instructor or fellow students. Remember to read the feedback to your own major posts and reply to it throughout the module.

Consult the Discussion Posting Guide for information about writing your discussion posts. It is recommended that you write your post in a document first. Check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors. When you are ready to make your initial post, click on the “Reply”. Then copy/paste the text into the message field, and click “Post Reply.”

To respond to a peer, click “Reply” beneath her or his post and continue as with an initial post.


This discussion will be graded using the discussion board rubric. Please review this rubric, located on the Rubrics page within the Start Here module of the course, prior to beginning your work to ensure your participation meets the criteria in place for this discussion. All discussions combined are worth 15% of your final course grade.