In spite of my snarky title, I think this is a critically important issue. It just saddens me that the lesson that setting clear goals never quite sinks in.
Sue Shellenbarger wrote a fine article, Making Kids Work on Goals for the The Wall Street Journal (3/9/11).
Even though this article focuses on the power of asking children to set somewhat challenging (but not out-of-sight) goals, using the same basics for adults can make a huge difference in performance. I think you’ll see the mistakes that we make in organizations when it comes to setting goals, and her article may give you some ideas on what to do encourage good goal setting.