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Key skills: making a difference
Key skills: making a difference

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9.3.2 Identify what you hope to achieve

It is a good idea to know not only what you are trying to achieve, but also when you have achieved it, so it is important that your goals are clear and that you can easily measure your progress against them. Setting realistic targets, planning actions and modifying those plans in the light of experience are all part of developing this key skill, but this time they need to be done and negotiated within the group.

Time out

Identify and negotiate what you hope to achieve and how you will determine or measure the quality of the work. Try to be as specific as you can by writing outcomes which you can then use to help you monitor and evaluate the work. Begin to make decisions about who will keep records of meetings, decisions and so on and how and where will they be kept. Also consider the records you need personally to keep to help you reflect on your own progress and contribution to the group.