The idea of ‘targets’ is not that bad, IMO, but we must be very careful and have a reason for the targets. Seeing that most come from the policy dart board, I’m sceptical. However, if a ‘target’ comes from an analysis of the producing system and its inhibitors, with action planned and funded, I’m probably all for it. Trouble is, this is rarely the case.
In a mfg company I worked for we had targets, but they were the result of research, planning, analysis of production capacity, sales force evidence and market intelligence. No ‘dart board’ here, but hard thinking.
If a target comes from research it might mean something, but unresearched ‘aspirational’ targets are junk.