Management by objectives, why? What is the perceived goal? What is the origin of this approach and why did anybody in his right mind think that it would work?
Maybe it stems from the thinking that we can impose tasks on people and that, by itself, will motivate them to do what they need to do. Old school thinking, if you ask me. Unfortunately, this is how many companies are managed and this practice usually only works when a high degree of self discipline and self motivation exists in the followers. But what happens when motivation and discipline erodes? How does a leader regain the lost ground when self motivation dies?