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Goal Analysis: How to Clarify Your Goals So You Can Actually Achieve Them Paperback – May, 1997

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Dealing with abstract goals is a regular part of our jobs as education and training professionals. Goal Analysis will help you describe the meaning of abstract goals so that you can decide how to go about pursuing them and, more importantly, so you'll know when you have successfully achieved them.

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If your goals are important to you, then it's essential that you do more than just talk about them in "fuzzy" terms. This is just as true for organizational and community goals as it is for personal and family goals. The goal analysis procedure described in this book will help you determine the important dimensions or components of the goals you are trying to achieve. This in turn will help you make good decisions about how to accomplish your goals and how to keep track of your progress toward goal accomplishment. It's a procedure that anyone will find useful, from techies to homemakers, from students to managers.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: CEP Press; 3 edition (May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879618044
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879618046
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bradley J. Brisco VINE VOICE on January 9, 2007
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Goal setting is a normal part of everyday life. In many vocational settings employees must be concerned with performance measures such as productivity output, customer satisfaction, sales levels and safety standards. Many individuals set personal goals, especially this time of the year, in the areas of education, health issues, and other life-style habits. However, just because a goal or objective has been established does not guarantee the goal will be achieved. In many instances the failure of achieving a goal is directly related to the lack of clarity or definition of both the goal and the performance needed to accomplish the goal. In Goal Analysis, Robert Mager provides a very helpful, concise, step by step plan for making clear, measurable goals that can be achieved in any area of life.

The major strength of the book lies in its simplicity in both language and process. Mager provides a five step process of goal analysis. Step one begins the process by simply writing down the goal in outcome terms. The author's instruction to use whatever words that are comfortable, regardless of how fuzzy or vague they may be is very helpful. I agree that this is the best way to begin the process. Stating goals in words or statements that make you feel good will encourage you to continue the process. In addition, when working with others in a goal analysis people can almost always agree with each other on the importance of vaguely stated goals or intentions.

Step two, which I believe is the most beneficial of the five steps, involves writing down the performances that would cause you to agree that the goal had been achieved, without regard for duplication or "fuzziness.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ken Myers on June 26, 2000
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A journey of a thousand mile begins with a single step. Certainly this is true. However, a journey can only have length when you know where you are going and when you have arrived. Setting goals is the subject addressed by Dr. Mager in this book. In fact, the book is about setting attainable goals. People can make lofty statements that sound very much like goals - statements that impress but are often impossible to measure. Instruction may be one of several areas to consider when trying to achieve a measurable goal. Dr. Mager provides a prescription for identifying measurable goals and considering all the factors that influence the attainment of a goal. He also provides a set of strategies for finalizing attainable goals. If you suffer from the "fuzzies" and are unsure if your training is achieving results, this is the book to guide you to valid and effective goal-oriented solutions.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 1999
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What? No one has done a review on this classic!
Wow, a book that you can actually apply. So many theory related books out there deny us of what we really need to know - The how to part.
Of course, Robert Mager is a legend in this field and this book lends credence to his knowledge, expertise and years of experience.
This book will walk you through the steps of how to identify a fuzzy, make it a goal and then apply the techniques to demonstrate achievement.
This book covers the five critical steps for conducting a Goal Analysis in complete detail with plenty of examples and exercises.
Even if you are not in this field, you could read this book and apply it to your own life so you can change from a wandering generality to a meaningful specific!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rodney Spoelstra on March 24, 2000
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As Corporate Trainer I am looking for material to assist us in developing and writing specific, technical material for our employees. Mager puts things into clear perspective using simple language that can be understood by all. After reading the material I was able to make an immediate and direct application of the process.
The reading is fun and educational at the same time. Learning has never been easier. My goal was acheived!.
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Have your had goals like these and didn't know if you achieved them?

To provide quality customer service
To exercise more often
To lead with effectiveness

If so, Goal Analysis is the book for you. It is designed to take the "fuzzies" out of goal setting so that it is clear to everyone whether a goal is completed or not. Goal Analysis is a work book that provides step-by-step instruction to go from a vague idea of what needs to be done to defining the precise language of acceptable performance.

The Goal Analysis is filled with examples of well written goals and shows readers how to correct poorly written goals so that readers can practice improving their goal setting.

The five steps of goal setting are:

Write down the goal in outcome terms.
Jot down the performances that, if observed, would cause you to agree the goal has been achieved.
Sort out the jottings. Delete duplications and unwanted items.
Write a complete sentence to describe the nature, quality, or amount you will consider acceptable.
Test the sentences for completeness by asking if this is true: when someone achieves each of these performances they have achieved the goal.

Goal Analysis is a short seminar in writing goals. If you need this help, Goal Analysis is the book for you.
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