Goals versus Systems, A Practical Understanding

Goals are useful for setting the direction. Systems are great for actually making progress. In fact, the primary benefit of having a goal is that it tells you what sort of system you need to put in place. However, the system itself is what actually achieved the results.

It’s important to clarify the difference between systems and goals. It is an important distinction that shows up everywhere in life.

  • If you’re a coach, your goal is to win a championship. Your system is what your team does at practice each day.
  • If you’re a writer, your goal is to write a book. Your system is the writing schedule that you follow each week.
  • If you’re a runner, your goal is to run a marathon. Your system is your training schedule for the month.
  • If you’re an entrepreneur, your goal is to build a million dollar business. Your system is your sales and marketing process.

Your Management Operating System (or “MOS”…or as some refer to it your “Business Operating System”) is the heartbeat of your business and having it perform at full potential is a major source of sustainable value creation. The MOS is the specification for how an organization translates corporate goals into actions where the work is performed.

ETW can help you define and implement the right MOS for your organization, so as to ensure that the operating strategy is consistently translated into more specific and actionable targets and actions for your front-line workers.

ETW makes a platform to track, evaluate and measure employee performance against the major objectives of the organization. Easily execute your long-term strategy and translate into actionable goals. With ETW you can easily communicate the company’s roadmap to success and engage everyone throughout the organization. ETW is the business and management operating system for the modern enterprise.

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