Change Management

Strategies for effective team goal-setting during times of change

Effective team goal-setting is essential for managing change. When team members co-create goals, they are more likely to feel invested and work together towards achieving them, people support what they help create. A powerful tool for this is gamification. By incorporating game-like elements into goal setting, teams can enhance engagement, motivation, and collaboration.


Include Everyone

Ensure that all team members have a voice in the goal-setting process. This promotes ownership and accountability, harnessing the collective wisdom and creativity of the team.


Align Goals with the Bigger Picture

Make sure the team’s goals match the broader organizational vision and objectives. This provides clarity and direction, helping the team stay focused and motivated.


Set SMART Goals

Goals should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. SMART goals give clear targets and benchmarks for success, making it easier to track progress and make necessary adjustments.


Create a Supportive Environment

Encourage a culture of support and collaboration. Recognize and celebrate small wins to maintain motivation and momentum, sustaining enthusiasm throughout the change process.


Incorporate Gamification

Use elements like a themed scoreboard to track key performance indicators, metrics, and progress toward fun prizes. Gamification can turn goal achievement into an exciting and rewarding experience, boosting motivation and team spirit.


Managing change is like a dance that requires resilience, effective communication, and strategic goal-setting.

Turning the challenges of change into opportunities for growth and innovation can foster improved results and lower stress. Microsoft’s transformation under Satya Nadella is a powerful example of how these principles can lead to extraordinary outcomes, proving that with the right mindset and communication, anything is possible.


International educator, advisor, board member, and author, Dr. Homa Bahrami, specializes in organizational flexibility, team alignment, and dynamic leadership.


The graphic to the right describes her approach to change management.


Co-author of ”Managerial Psychology: Managing Behavior in Organizations”, she focuses on strategic alignment, enterprise transformation, leadership development, complex re-organizations, acquisitions, and governance challenges.

Theory is great but how do we put this into practice?

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to implementing change. Consistent and intentional effort from the leadership team is absolutely essential on this type of stuff. But even with the very best laid plans, change may come too slow. It may happen but dissolve as people backslide into old habits. If effectively rolling out change is on your to-do list, GRITT’s seasoned coaches will help you size up the situation and design a game plan to create lasting change in the workplace.