Goals Gone Wild!
This is the title of a new working paper at Harvard Business School. The paper, found here, is the result of some great research being conducted by Lisa D. Ordóñez, Maurice E. Schweitzer, Adam D. Galinsky, and Max H. Bazerman, all professors at various business schools. The premise is that goal setting may cause more damage than benefits. This may be cause for concern if you have been creating personal scorecards or otherwise been working to link your employee performance to the Balanced Scorecard.