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Toyota moves toward a vision by working with something I call “target conditions.” Across the organization Toyota people learn to set and work toward successive target conditions in the direction of whatever vision is being pursued (Figure 3-7). This condition typically represents a step closer to the vision and a challenge that goes somewhat beyond current capability. You can think of a target condition like a much shorter-term desired state that is more clearly defined than the distant vision. Like the vision, an interim target condition is also not a financial or accounting target, but a description of a condition.

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this is exactly the same idea as personal planning I saw in "CEO do futuro". First, we try to know our long0term vision. Then, we try to describe our short-term actions to achieve the long-term vision. Laster, we can ask something like: "Where I need to be in mid-term that I considear I'm in the right path?"