Achievable vs. Realistic

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Arsen Osipov

Achievable vs. Realistic

I don`t see much difference between the terms "Achievable" and "Realistic", I`d rather say "Results-oriented" or "Results-directed".

  Gemma
 

MBO - SMART

Achievable v realistic... Is achievable more relevant to the individual completing the tasks? Whilst realistic may tak into account external factors out of the control of the individual?

  Pam
 

SMART: Achievable vs Realistic

An easy way to see the difference between achievable and realistic is with weight loss. Is having a goal of losing twenty pounds in two weeks SMART? It is specific, measurable, achievable, but losing twenty pounds in two weeks is not realistic. Changing the time frame can make this achievable and realistic.

  Ian Moody
Trainer, United Kingdom
 

The A in SMART

Whilst the most commonly accepted meaning of SMART leads the test to be Achievable this is far too 'close' to realistic. If we consider Drucker's views on the role of contemporary management as being
(a) objective setting
(b) work organisation
(c) motivation
(d) measuring performance and control
(e) developing people
Drucker emphasised communication as a prime management function evidenced in (a), (c) and (d).
We should surely think in terms of Agreeable, which also works well with good delegation practice and appraisal systems.

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