System Archetype 5: Eroding Goals

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Ignatius D
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Description of Eroding Goals One of the System Archetypes is "Eroding Goals". This archetype shows and explains how historical instances of poor performance influence the long-term vision. Usually, when people see themselves drifting from the goal, they take efforts to reach the desired goal. But in this archetype, it tells us that the actual goals and the perceived goals are different as people tend to remember bad news more often than the good news which leads them to think that things are worse than they actually are. So, they set lower standards of the goals and drift from the goals which were earlier desired. This is similar to the Shifting the Burden-type of archetype where the focus on short term solutions leads us to drift away from our fundamental goals. Early Warning Symptoms of Eroding Goals You may hear people say things like, "It's OK if our service quality decreases a little, we can afford that until the crisis is over", or "the winter season is so busy, we must pos (...) Read more? Sign up for free


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