Nice post found at ia Will at Work Learning: Are Goals Always Good? No….Watch Out for Side Effects..
A nice new review of research on goal-setting provides some balance in how goals can be used to guide workplace performance.
The authors don’t deny that goals can be useful and powerful. Instead, they focus on the negative side-effects that can occur.
For a similar approach see also http://fredzimny.wordpress.com/2009/02/17/whats-good-about-rule-breaking/