Objectives define the organization’s relationship with its environment; by stating its objectives, an organization commits itself to what it has to achieve for its employees, customers and society at large. These objectives have to be converted to actionable goals by strategically aligning with the activities of the firm.
Let me tell you, when we talk about objectives, it is what we intend to do in the immediate future; towards what our actions are oriented to accomplish something. Goals are long term and are less structured. I recently read an article, where the author had beautifully and simply explained the difference between goals and objectives, how they can be easily remembered, and the inter-relationship between them and how they are often used inter-changeably.
A goal has the word ‘go’ in it. Your goals should go forward in an unambiguous direction. However, goals are more about everything you accomplish on your journey, rather than getting to that distant point. Goals will often go into undiscovered territory and you therefore can’t even know where the end will be.
An objective has the word ‘object’ in it. Objects are concrete. They are something that you can hold in your hand. Because of this, your objectives can be clearly charted with timelines, budgets, and personnel needs. Every area of each objective should be firm.
“Goals without concrete objectives are unattainable and
Objectives without goals will never get you where you want to be.”
To achieve the goals, an organization must set definite objectives for each functional area and communicate those objectives to the employees’ through proper channels in-order to accomplish them in the stipulated time-period.
For example, if your goal is to increase your soft-drink sales volume by 20% by the end of 2015, what are the specific objectives you need to lay? This question leads to sub-queries paving the way for action.
This clearly shows that objectives must be actionable or else they become unattainable. You may or may not reach your goal, but definitely it is an experience worth the effort.