Defining, setting and working towards goals is as important for a company as an entity as it is for individuals.
People, be they employers or employees, feel most fulfilled in their work when they feel they are achieving something – using a Mind Map to plot and chart goals, for the company and for individuals within the company, increases staff satisfaction and gives them direction and inspiration. They can see why the goal is necessary, how all the tasks fit together and how they fit in and can contribute.
Mind Maps can even be used as an alternative to the traditional performance review documentation – allowing employees to chart their own career progress in a creative and dynamic format. The Mind Map below shows an example of this, where you can see that the major objective areas are identified clearly, and there is room for recording information relating to each of the topics as the conversation progresses. It can also be used for self assessment prior to the interview. This ensures that the review can be brief and to the point and cover all the required aspects without missing anything.
Performance reviews can be based on KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) that are also written up in Mind Map format. Negotiated KPIs not only give employees a sense of empowerment, they also give managers an interesting insight into the mindset of each staff member. By asking staff to set their own KPIs, you are really asking them to reveal what they think their job is, their confidence level in what they do, how motivated they are and their ambitions within the business.
Have employees brainstorm KPI ideas on a Mind Map. Have them do this by placing their job title or name in the centre and then creating a parent topic for each of the responsibilities that they regularly perform. From here, they should look at each responsibility and add topics that relate how they feel they are currently performing, whether they enjoy the activity, improvements they think they could make and finally, what they believe the KPI should be for each of these activities.
For further ideas, please see the business planning article.