Whether you're an entry-level employee working your way up or a corporate hotshot, you probably set day-to-day job and career goals. Actually achieving them is a different story. The CLEAR method helps you consider your needs for achieving job goals, which may differ from day-to-day personal goals. Here's how it works.
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CLEAR stands for Collaborative, Limited, Emotional, Appreciable, Refinable. Other methods don't force you to think as clearly and deeply about these factors — many of which are necessary elements of achieving your job related goals — as CLEAR. You will consider roles your colleagues and superiors play in accomplishing your goals, as well as other important goal-setting principles like the depth and scope of a goal, and whether it needs to be broken down into smaller, more achievable goals. Here's the breakdown:
- Collaborative: Many of your work goals will be much easier to achieve with the help and endorsement of others, whether it's a promotion or an assigned group task. Some of the goals will even require collaboration. Think about what help you can enlist to achieve the goals you set for your job.
- Limited: Limit the goal's depth and scope to keep it clear and manageable.
- Emotional: Optimise the quality of work you receive from others by considering how emotionally involved the people you collaborate with are. When you recruit people for a goal, think of how to communicate what's in it for them, and other ways you can get them to fully commit to the best possible outcome.
- Appreciable: Remember to break down larger goals into smaller, more manageable ones.
- Refinable: Be flexible and roll with the punches. Revise and refine your goals and plans to achieve them as necessary so you don't feel forced to stick out a failing or irrelevant plan of action.
Use CLEAR to make a change if you've had a tough time achieving the job goals you set. It may also help to use your favourite points from other methods we've discussed before, to set yourself up for success.