Connectedness is the first Goal Science Thinking pillar. Goals can be connected in multiple ways:
- Cascading connection is when information travels from one management level to another
- Horizontal connection is when two goals on similar levels, or that require similar amounts of effort, impact each other
Horizontal is a commonly neglected connection type; it’s very difficult to define, and many traditional management structures do not acknowledge its value.
Showcasing horizontal connections is critical to keeping the team running smoothly. Poor cross-functional communication is a huge contributor to organizational ineffectiveness and waste.
BetterWorks is making horizontal connections as simple to view and understand as the more common top-down and bottom-up types. Linking related goals highlights horizontal connections, giving clarity and increasing transparency between teams.
Related goals provide users with a means of:
- Seeing other teams’ and groups’ goals that are related to the user’s goals
- Calling out dependencies between teams that implicitly affect overall progress
For more information on connecting related goals, read Adding related goals.