Goal Tree Chronicles – A hierarchy in time, not of importance

A common mistake for newcomers to the Goal Tree is to understand the tree structure as a hierarchical system, with the most important Necessary Conditions on the top - the closest on the Goal - and the least important at the bottom of the tree, farther away from the Goal. In fact, the relative position … Continue reading Goal Tree Chronicles – A hierarchy in time, not of importance

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Goal Tree Chronicles – lessons from the logical path

May 2018. I have spent two days facilitating a seminar on strategy deployment with a bunch of motivated young intrapreneurs - middle managers empowered to run their business as if it was theirs. I based my coaching on the Goal Tree, a logic tool of choice among the Logical Thinking Process, totally suiting the purpose. … Continue reading Goal Tree Chronicles – lessons from the logical path

Goal Tree Chronicles – Enablers vs.triggers

In this post I explain the difference between enablers and triggers in logic trees, which basically is explaining how Necessity logic differs from Sufficiency logic. I then explain the basic assumption when building a Goal Tree and why the Goal will not automatically be achieved even if a most of Necessary Conditions are fulfilled. Necessity … Continue reading Goal Tree Chronicles – Enablers vs.triggers

Reader question: Goal Tree vs. Current Reality Tree

Here is a reader's question: I have difficulty seeing the difference between the Goal Tree and the  Current Reality Tree (CRT). With these two trees we assess the process. What are the main differences between the two? The Goal Tree and Current Reality Tree (CRT) have nothing in common. They are not even meant to care … Continue reading Reader question: Goal Tree vs. Current Reality Tree

Goal Tree: Why must top management define the Critical Success Factors?

Top managers discovering the Goal Tree frequently ask what input they must give and how “deep” they should commit themselves, where is the point of handover to lower ranking managers? In this article I remind some basics about the Goal Tree as well as the necessity for top management to define the Critical Success Factors. … Continue reading Goal Tree: Why must top management define the Critical Success Factors?

Why the Goal Tree is more and more relevant

Command and control management style, based on standardized work and centralized decision-making, becomes increasingly irrelevant as more and more business environments become highly variable and the number and pace of decisions to make soar. What is required is autonomy and accountability as well as alignment on a well understood Goal. The Goal Tree is an … Continue reading Why the Goal Tree is more and more relevant

Redefining “problem” (with Goal in mind)

In problem solving or continuous improvement workshops a problem is usually defined as a gap between the actual situation and the desired situation, and thus a problem causes an unsatisfactory situation or an UnDesirable Effect (UDE). This definition, while true, is somewhat too vague to be useful when working on solving problems and continuous improvement. … Continue reading Redefining “problem” (with Goal in mind)

Goal Tree Chronicles – Why You should NOT use a model

A Goal Tree is a logical structure linking the Goal of the organization to all subordinate Necessary Conditions (NCs) to achieve the Goal. The top most NCs are called Critical Success Factor (CSFs) in order to highlight their importance: they are the last things to achieve in order to achieve the Goal. These CSFs should … Continue reading Goal Tree Chronicles – Why You should NOT use a model

Goal Tree Chronicles – Refrain from depicting the current reality

It is silly obvious but didn’t occur to me until I faced it: building a Goal Tree is NOT mapping the current processes, a Goal Tree is NOT made to depict the current reality! It happened while I tried to promote the Goal Tree as a tool to reengineer a process. Nothing very complicated but … Continue reading Goal Tree Chronicles – Refrain from depicting the current reality

How can Theory of Constraints help startups – Purpose, Goal and how to achieve it

I believe most entrepreneurs started with a brilliant idea, a new product, a smart solution, new services... and the underlying desire to write a story on their own, not for a boss. The startupers then start up as the brilliant new offer needs funding and some structure to bring it to the world. But how … Continue reading How can Theory of Constraints help startups – Purpose, Goal and how to achieve it