Goal, Tactics, task, strategy and objective

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These are perhaps the five most important elements behind a success of great Business Projects. Setting an objective, defining a task and reaching for it using tactics and strategy collectively make a road to reach the desired goal. There is a faint line between goal and objective but American Heritage Talking dictionary defines Goal and Objective in such a way. Goal is the purpose toward which an endeavor is directed while objective is something worked toward or striven for. So at the first glance, it may seem that they are two different words with same meaning. Let's take a closer look. Goals are milestones, significant events towards the Vision while Objective is a specific point in a plan or a waypoint on our journey. Objectives are a bit more specific than Goals; they are more near-term, and perhaps tactical. Objectives are specific, require skill, and are characterized in the actual tasks we carry out in pursuit of our goals. "Task" is also another similar term. It is a piece of work assigned or done as part of one's duties. It is a function to be performed even if it takes a form of difficult or tedious undertaking. Task in other words is a documented form of a 'Goal' or an 'Objective'. Oscar Wilde, one of the prominent writers, says, "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." It means that no matter how reckless the societies are in which we live, some of us do have goals. What is a Strategy? Well, without a structure and a plan, it's not very much at all. Strategy is an elaborate and systematic plan of action. The definition implies there is much more to it. You can see straight away that just making a declaration isn't exactly a plan of action; you have to back it up with some structure. Our Strategy must allow for review so as to allow for changing business patterns and market forces. A structure is good when Visions are
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