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  • 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...

    Tags: Thinking Processes, Bill Dettmer, Critical Success Factors, Eli Goldratt, Goal Tree, Necessary Conditions

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  • 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 a...

    Tags: Thinking Processes, Goal Tree, Necessary Conditions

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  • 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 usef...

    Tags: Management, leadership and change, Thinking Processes, Critical Success Factors, Goal Tree, Logical Thinking Process, Necessary Conditions, Undesirable Effect

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  • 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 we...

    Tags: Thinking Processes, accountability, Autonomy, empowerment, Goal Tree, Necessary Conditions, objectives

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  • 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...

    Tags: Thinking Processes, Critical Success Factors, Goal Tree, Necessary Conditions, necessity logic

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  • 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 ...

    Tags: Thinking Processes, Critical root cause, Current Reality Tree, Goal Tree, Necessary Conditions, necessity logic, sufficiency, Undesirable Effect

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  • 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...

    Tags: Thinking Processes, Goal Tree, Logical Thinking Process, Necessary Conditions, Undesirable Effect

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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 it was theirs. I based my coaching on the Goal Tree, a logic tool of choice among the Logical Thinking Process, to...

    Tags: Thinking Processes, Goal setting, Goal Tree, Necessary Conditions, strategy deployment

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  • 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...

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  • The benefits of fresh eyes on company’s strategy

    Most companies, big or small, have a strategy, a plan for the coming year(s) with a set of high-level objectives and probably a Goal still to be achieved. Some of these plans are fairly elaborate, other less so and many are more intuitions expressed in broad lines and in rather informal mode. Wha...

    Tags: Goal Tree, Bill Dettmer, Critical Success Factors, Logical Thinking Process, Necessary Conditions, strategy

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