The 3rd Work the System approach from Red42. The reinvention of performance systems

Relative Targets: High performance, unleashed

 A free-to-use, open source social technology for all organizations with 25 people or more! Scales naturally

Relative Targets is a new social technology, developed by Niels Pflaeging of Red42, which was first published in early 2021. We are in the process of publishing this social technology in several ways. On this page, you will find:

  • The concept overview to the Relative Targets social technology. This visual will likely be further modified and updated, over the course of the next couple of weeks. You are free to use and share the concept overview!
  • The open source license to Relative Targets. Scroll down to take a look!

To learn more about Relative Targets, we recommend reading a recent article by Niels about the approach, and the BetaCodex Network white paper on Relative Performance SystemsTo get your team or your company acquainted with Relative Targets, visit or book one of our hands-on, 2-day workshops!


Social technology wants to be free!

Relative Targets: The open source license

Relative Targets and BetaCodex©  are freely available, open-source social technologies: You are free to derive from Relative Targets and create innovative, new works yourself, and share your innovations with others, and also commercialize them.


Relative Targets, as outlined in our publications and as described through the concept overview, as well as related events, principles, roles, workshop formats, consulting techniques and related documents are published under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license. This license is an open source license: Under this license, you are strongly encouraged to innovate by freely developing applications based upon Relative Targets.

Concept overview

Use it and share the Relative Targets concept overview freely! It will soon become available as a poster in several languages. Above: Concept overview version 2021B. Click to enlarge!

Open source license Attribution ShareAlike – “CC-BY-SA”

  • credit the original author, Niels Pflaeging,
  • and provide our specified link to the source material, as listed below,
  • and license your derivative creations to others under the identical terms.

Specifically, you must provide and prominently display the following link with any and all derived works, and included as part of all related graphics you develop:

“This work is derived from Relative Targets, an open source, free social technology by Niels Pflaeging, published under the CC-BY-SA-4.0 license from Creative Commons, and found here:"

Join our free-of-charge Info Hour

Niels Pflaeging, Relative Targets creator, will host this online event. Sign up on Eventbrite, now! Only 60 tickets available.

The Relative Targets concept & its foundation

Niels has been pioneering Relative Targets for over 15 years, since joining the Beyond Budgeting Round Table as a director, in 2003. The BetaCodex Network white paper No. 10, "Making Performance Work", is testament to this research.  Now, in 2021, with many client projects around performance systems under his belly, Niels turned Relative Targets into a free-to-use, open source social technology that's for everyone. See the terms of licensing below!

Book, booklet, poster and learning box

Forthcoming: The handbook on the Relative Targets social technology. Plus: The learning box with books, posters, and exclusive work sheets.

Workshops and services around Relative Targets

Red42 developed a 2-day workshop format to get qualified about Relative Targets. We also offer a variation of this workshop publicly, at Studio Red42 in Wiesbaden. 


For companies, we also offer highly customized, sequenced, iterative workshop series that allow you to flesh out your organization's Relative Performance System, under our conceptual guidance. Which allows you to transform your performance system, within just a couple of months.

A white paper on Relative Targets