We need your input for SMARTER goals

09 Jan We need your input for SMARTER goals

See the note below from City of Beaufort’s Planning Director Libby Anderson. Note that the format was directed to staff and department heads, but is also being distributed to neighborhood associations throughout the city.  Accordingly, some of it might not make sense, but take a look at share what you think should be the city’s goals for the next two years. City Council members have already completed a similar questionnaire and your input will be weighed in upon during our discussions. Thanks


Happy New Year! The Beaufort City Council is preparing for its annual retreat to be held in February. In preparation for that event, Council would like to hear from you. Council is asking residents to submit the major goals they feel City Council should address over the next two years. It would be helpful if you could formulate your goals as outlined below, but don’t be put off about getting the wording just right; the most important thing is to get your input on how the City should focus its resources (financial and administrative) over the next two years. The responses we receive regarding upcoming goals will be discussed in detail at Council’s February retreat.

Please provide me your comments by Wednesday, January 18 so that they can be compiled and presented to Council for their retreat next month.

 Thank you for taking the time to provide your input.

Libby Anderson - City of Beaufort 
(843) 525-7012









Write your description for each step.

Step 1. Specific. Exactly what is it you want to achieve in your department or personal life? A good goal statement explains the what, why, who, where and when of a goal. If your goal statement is vague, you will find it hard to achieve because it will be difficult to define success.

Step 2. Measurable. You must be able to track progress and measure the result of your goal. A good goal statement answers the question, how much or how many. How will I know when I have achieved my goal?

Step 3. Agreed. Your goal must be relevant to your stakeholders and agreed with them. Examples of people to agree your goal with are your supervisor, your department head, employees and customers.

Step 4. Realistic. Your goal should be stretching but realistic and relevant to you and your department. Make sure the actions you need to take to achieve your goal are things within your control. Is your goal achievable?

Step 5. Time-Bound. Goals must have a deadline. A good goal statement will answer the question, when will I achieve my goal? Without time limits, it’s easy to put goals off and leave them to die. As well as a deadline, it’s a good idea to set some short-term milestones along the way to help you measure progress.

Step 6. Ethical. Goals must sit comfortably within your moral compass. Most people resist acting unethically. Set goals that meet a high ethical standard.

Step 7. Recorded. Always write down your goal before you start working towards it. Written goals are visible and have a greater chance of success. The recording is necessary for the planning, monitoring and reviewing of progress.