Setting expectations for ourselves and employees is the common practice we follow in our day today work life. Setting expectations motivates us to achieve those goals and make us better as time unfolds.
Expectation setting is the a must in case we want to grow in career or in life or where we would want ourselves to be in next year or so.
Setting expectations and achieving them and out goals are like climbing the stairs from one to 10. Unless you have a GOAL to be there on Step 10 you wont start with Step 1. Now let us look in to various aspects that we may want think before setting expectations for us or for others.
- We need to be clear on our GOAL/s
- We need to know where we/our team are now and where to reach.
- What skills required to achieve those Goal/s
- If Goal/s require some training – need to plan for that.
- What is the checklist for the completion of the GOAL/s
Once we have the GOAL/s ready and passed through our rules then we can roll out the expectations.
We need to have a plan to review the progress on the expectations set.
Benefits of setting expectations as specified above would be reaching the GOAL/s individually or for the team. By setting expectations we will be able to assess our current skills and what is required to get to the point where we planned to.
Now let us see what is the Expecting and how does it differs from the Expectations.
As per the dictionary to expect means to look for, hope for watch for or look forward for.
Experienced that many a number of times we expect something from some one and get disappointing if that is not fulfilled. As per me we should not expect anything from others in the first place. If we can help others we should and should not expect anything in return. If we expect something in return for our help this will no longer a help but we are doing business with people’s mind. But ironically we find this category of people all the time around.
Another category of people always keep expecting things from others, I see this as a very bad trend and leading cause for stress and related illness. In case their expectations from others are not met these kind of people get depressed, develop anger on others. So my argument is that we should not expect things from others as that lead to dissatisfaction if those expectations are not met.
So setting expectations for us and our teams is very good for personal and professional growth for us and for our teams, on contrary to this expecting something from others is detrimental at the personal front.