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    stretch

    Hi,

    could you please tell me the meaning of "stretch" in the following text:

    He is obliged to set a realistic stretch plan required to drive performance beyond expectations.

    Does it mean "flexible", "strict" or "extensive"?

    Thank you very much.

    Hanka
    Last edited by Hanka; 03-Feb-2007 at 09:19. Reason: modification

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    Re: stretch

    The only use of the term that I looked at that was to do with exercises and fitness was a loan plan that suggested flexibility. What's the context?


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    Re: stretch

    I am sorry I donīt have more context. It is just a list of responsibilities and tasks. But I found this:
    Develop a plan that will enable a "realistic stretch", i.e., it will challenge your organization or country but you know it can be done.


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    Re: stretch

    Hi,
    Well, I find a realistic stretch a nice term to use in teaching: tasks should not be either too easy or too difficult for pupils.

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    Re: stretch

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Hi,
    Well, I find a realistic stretch a nice term to use in teaching: tasks should not be either too easy or too difficult for pupils.
    - but I think in Hanka's context it's referring to something more aggressive. It's not a usage I'm familiar with, but in a largely US management context I have met it a few times: the words 'performance beyond expectations' are the key. I have had managers who said things like 'It is our goal to deliver this project by 30 June; our stretch goal is mid-May' (they were English managers, but the way to get on in DEC/Compaq/HP was to sound American - maybe that's why they got rid of me ).

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