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Participative goal setting is the process of identifying, adopting, and articulating relevant goals from higher-order objectives, mission, and purpose, and integrating, translating, and adapting them at the team level. Participative goal-setting is instrumental in helping teams to achieve and sustain high-performance.
     Teams probably cannot achieve or sustain levels of high performance, and even more certainly cannot continually improve, if they do not have clear goals and measures of performance. We also take as a given that teams will be more committed to goals and measures of performance that they have developed themselves, or have at least participated in their development. Teams cannot know how [well] they are doing without clear goals and measures; nor could they objectively assess and demonstrate degrees of improvement. Research and experience both show consistently that participation in goal-setting (i.e. participative goal setting) leads to more effective performance management systems in terms of understanding and accepting goals and measures and in motivating (driving) behaviour.

Other topics in our resources on Team Building related to Participative Goal-Setting include: 
  • High Performance Team Tools
  • Knowledge Management (KM)
  • Team Charter
  • Breakdowns
  • Team Schedule
  • Team Goals
  • Team Vision
  • Team Roles and Responsibilities
  • Drifts
  • Team Values
  • Team Scope
  • Non-negotiables
  • Chartering Teams
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