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The employee is struggling to deliver against the goals.

Does "deliver against the goals" mean different from "deliver the goals"? It seems the meaning is the same, but I am not sure. What does "deliver against" mean? I couldn't find the meaning from dictionaries.

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    It is stupid business speech. It simply means "to achieve the goals." A lot of business speech is meant to sound weighty and technical when the meaning is simple.. – Jeff Morrow Nov 16 at 17:19
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It is business jargon. An employee who "delivers" means that the employee makes the company more successful. The company has set various goals for its employees. If the employee is delivering "against the goals" I would understand this to mean that they are being successful measured using the goals.

You use "against" when using something to measure with. For example "I measured Jane's height against her brother." It means that I compared Jane and her brother's heights to find who is taller. Measuring the employee against the goal means "I found if the employee is achieving the goals".

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