Having clearly defined team goals is part of the alignment that enables teams to create and experience ‘flow’ together.
Flow is the optimum state of intrinsic motivation, in which people experience peak performance and greater wellbeing. To achieve team flow, goals need to come “from within” the team itself. Keith Sawyer, author of The creative power of collaboration, says that teams require a clear, team-level, common goal, which evolves through feedback, collaboration and individual adaptation.
Without an outcome, it’s fair to say most work becomes fairly meaningless. We all want to see the fruits of our labour. The journey may – and should – be enjoyable but we need to be able to see clearly what we have accomplished.
That’s why having a strong outcomes focus is part of the alignment that enables teams to create and experience ‘flow’ together.
There is plentiful evidence for the value and impact of goal-setting in the workplace. According to a CIPD report: “It is now generally accepted that goal-setting is effective and valuable for steering and improving performance.”
The basic concept at the heart of goal-setting is that having a specific and appropriately challenging goal will lead to higher performance than a vague, unchallenging or completely out-of-reach one. Achieving meaningful goals helps us grow, leaving us feeling successful and satisfied. That’s linked to employee motivation and organisational commitment.