A Goal Tree, also called an objective breakdown, is a schematic representation in a tree structure of the coherence between a vision/mission and a set of goals, strategies, KPIs, and programmes/projects/initiatives in an organisation.
A goal tree reveals the structure of your organisation. In doing so, structural misalignments can become obvious. Many organisations, for example, are running a variety of projects that make no clear and measurable contribution to reaching their goals. Or maybe they're not even measuring the results. With a Goal Tree, you can quickly learn whether your investing your time and effort into the right things. At Bizaline, we often make Goal Trees for our clients, who then close projects, put others on-hold or improve their monitoring.
A Goal Tree helps you translate a mission or vision into concrete goals and sets your organisation in motion. This tool forces you to set measurable and realistic goals, so that you are assured of tangible results. Especially when your organisation has ambitions concerning CSR or employee satisfaction, for example, this is an important step: it is often difficult to translate such efforts into financial goals. But that isn't a reason not to monitor your results at all! A good goal tree clarifies for everyone in an organisation how they contribute to the goals, which is motivating. Shareholders and stakeholders tend to embrace this instrument, as well: a good goal tree proves that an organisation has its projects under control, is using its resources effectively to achieve goals and gives everyone the confidence they need to support the current strategy.
Many organisations work with a Goal Tree or objective breakdown that gets an annual update. That helps to get your organisation aligned in a snapshot moment, but it's a little too infrequent for agile leadership based on recent results. Ideally, you want your Goal Tree to be a dynamic entity, which is constantly updated to account for new projects, completed and cancelled projects, and real-time results. That way, the progress your organisation is making towards its goals is constantly visible, and you can be more responsive to challenges and opportunities.
What does a Goal Tree look like?
Building a Goal Tree from scratch is not an easy task. It's always helpful to have a few examples to work with. Click the button below "request an example Goal Tree" and use the form to tell us something about your specific situation and challenges, so that we can share a suitable example with you.