“SMART” isn’t exactly the best word choice

I received an email from the HR dept of the company I’m contracting for, recapping a company-wide meeting about setting individiual and team “Smart” goals. And when I say Smart I mean S.M.A.R.T., but of course.

S pecific

M easurable

A ttainable

R ealistic

T imely

Because HR is awesome.

It’s been a while since I’ve been on the receiving end of a gem like this, and excitedly called out to W, “YES!  The company is having everyone set SMART goals!”   W, no stranger to the Preschool for Grown Ups which is Corporate America, said, “Smart is an acronym, isn’t it” and immediately tried solving the puzzle.

His gut instinct guesses:

S trategic

M easurable

A chievable

R OI-focused

T eam-oriented

YES! We CAN achieve our SMART goals!

Not bad guesses, though only 1 for 5.   When I revealed the answers, he had immediate problems with “Attainable” and “Realistic” claiming that they are the same thing, and that’s why he didn’t guess “Reachable” for his R- pick, as it overlapped with his A-pic, “Achievable.”

But when has HR ever worried about redundancies?  bada-bump

Anywho, it’s a bit fun to be back in the fold of corporate silliness.  Though not looking forward to filling out my SMART goals for the Home Office.


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