The email finally arrived from HR. The appraisal process officially begins. This is that time of the year when an employee in a typical IT company will glorify his achievements of the past year and his/her manager will negate that by undermining the achievements. The atmosphere will be stuffed with everybody’s opinion on the probable hike and ‘Hey, what’s the percentage you are expecting?‘ becomes the temporary replacement of ‘How are you?‘ as an icebreaker. Some companies have removed performance rating process and some still hold on to it tightly like a scared kid. The process itself is a long one and if you have spent quite a while in this industry, you would already know that there is this particular term which is beaten to death every year: SMART goals.

SMART Goals are:

S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Attainable
R – Realistic
T – Timely

I stumbled upon this video from Brendon Burchard the other day. He presented this nice idea of DUMB goals. He claims SMART goals are limiting one’s performance while DUMB goals are the ones which could land people on moon. DUMB is an acronym for

D – Dream driven
U – Uplifting
M – Method friendly
B – Behavior driven

Some people are in favour of this and some are sceptical. Some argue SMART goals are actually realistic and help get things done. Some say you should chuck SMART goals and embrace DUMB goals.

I support the third option. Chuck both and bury deep inside the core of the earth. Having no goal is the ultimate goal.

Here is the video of Brendon Burchard talking about DUMB goals. He is an excellent speaker, by the way. Check it out.

What do you think? Which one do you prefer?