Setting goals can backfire

posted by Jason Kottke Apr 22, 2009

Sometimes I link to stuff only because it justifies my organizational laziness. See: Ready, aim...fail.

A few management scholars are now looking deeper into the effects of goals, and finding that goals have a dangerous side. Individuals, governments, and companies like GM show ample ability to hurt themselves by setting and blindly following goals, even those that seem to make sense at the time.

I'll continue stumbling towards the light at the end of the tunnel, thank you very much.