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G. Garrett

Don't you mean "insomniac" rather than "amnesiac"?

Jason E.

Great post.

I work for a large multinational corporation. The area in which I work has gone "metric happy".

I am all for measuring things. I am all for using metrics to improve performance.

If you do not measure the right things, however, you are only bogging down your organization by making your employees waste time measuring things that do not tell you anything about the effectiveness of your organization.

steve

While I generally agree with your premise that quarterly measurement can be unhealthy, there is a completely different side to that argument. I submit that quarterly planning, goal realignment (minor realignment, not major), and review, are critical for a company that fits into that 38% of non-performing groups. How so? Quarterly review is the only way to ensure that a group begins the process of behaviorial change, after determining that change is needed. Setting goals once a year for these organizations is nice and rah-rah and makes people happy for the moment. But, without proper realignment of focus (through repetition) people will gravitate back to the comfort zone, the "norm" if you will. And as everyone knows, if you do what you always did, you'll get what you always got. A little different focus than your original post, but I hope you can see the correlation.

Everything Counts

I completely agree with you. Keeping short term focus and reviewing the focus at short interval of time will keep the employees motivated to achieve their goals since the toughest thing for most people is to have a high level of motivation in all phases of their life.

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I completely agree with you. Keeping short term focus and reviewing the focus at short interval of time will keep the employees motivated to achieve their goals

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