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Edwin Locke's and Gary Latham's goal theories

1) How may your group incorporate the principles of Edwin Locke and Gary Latham's goal theory into your weekly goals?

2) How may a group be motivated to accomplish goals? Is it necessary to motivate every member in a different way? Why or why not?

Be sure to reference text readings to support your reasoning.

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Let's take a closer look at these two interesting questions. Be sure to read your chapter 11, which is referred to in this response.

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1) How may your group incorporate the principles of Edwin Locke and Gary Latham's goal theory into your weekly goals?

By understanding goal setting theory, you can effectively apply the principles to goals that you or your team members set. "Edwin Locke and Gary Latham's goal theory examined the value of setting group goals and the methods needed to accomplish those goals. They concluded that groups function best when their goals have certain characteristics" (ch.11, p. 293). Their research emphasizes the usefulness of SMART goal.

Therefore, you could incorporate both the characteristics and principles into your weekly goals by making sure the goals are effective, mainly by ensuring your goals are: (1) specific, (2) hard but realistic, (3) accepted by members, (4) used to evaluate performance, (5) linked to feedback and rewards, (6) set by members and groups, and (7) allow for member growth (ch 11, p. 293). As well, you would apply the five principles of clarity, challenge, commitment, feedback and task complexity. In other words, you would use clear, challenging goals, and commit yourself and the group ...

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Edwin Locke's and Gary Latham's goal theories are integrated.

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