Measure So You Can Manage

Having the right performance metrics helps you drive growth. Let me share with you six steps to implement effective measures to manage. Keeping a competitive edge in today’s marketplace requires ongoing investment in the transformation of your business. As Mark Twain said:  To stand still, is to fall behind.

1)      Clearly define your corporate goals

Without a clearly defined and documented strategy, it is impossible to set expectations and monitor performance. You can only manage what you can measure, so if you lack such a strategy, begin to brainstorm and evaluate opportunities for continued growth.  Understand what your weaknesses and strengths are and begin documenting so that when it is finalized, you can share it with your employees. You may think that everyone knows where you are going, but don’t’ assume.  No one has ever over communicated!

2)      Identify short-and long-term operational goals

Take your strategy and identify what you want to accomplish short-term (3 mos) and what needs a bit more time (12 mos).  This would include approaching the weaknesses and turn them into strengths. In operations you want to evaluate each step taken and whether it adds value or not to the final product or services.  Think lean here and optimize the process.

3)      Establish milestone, deliverables and tasks to support your goals

Now you may be ready for the roadmap.  Establish milestones, deliverables to be achieved and identify tasks and who performs them.  Now that you have documented and shared the strategy with your employees, it is important to listen to them and get their input.  Agree on goals, objectives and timetables.  Evaluate whether you have adequate resources, so you have a better chance of succeeding.

4)      Develop and implement metrics for all key activities

This is where the measuring starts. Make sure you engage your employees in setting performance metrics.  Here are some examples: Customer retention rate, supply chain rate of return, funnel conversion rate or call center support metrics. Be proactive and pay attention to leading indicators in your industry and pay less attention to lagging ones.  Clarify expectations with your executive team and staff, empower your employees and boost their engagement. Set some incentives in advance and make sure that all metrics are objective and not subjective.

5)      Monitor progress and make improvements as needed to stay on course

Now you have a roadmap in place that you can begin to monitor and manage. Your employees understand what is expected of them and how they can help the company grow.  Making a difference goes a long way in terms of talent retention.  There needs to be purpose and connection to the larger scheme as participation can give them a better understanding of how they personally can affect the business.

6)      Assess the effectiveness of metrics and modify if necessary

Close the loop by evaluating regularly how the metrics are working.  What is the assessment of your staff and how well are they adhering to these metrics?  Do you need to change them, are they giving you information that is meaningful to the future of your business?

Start the conversation today regarding how you can drive results with the right performance metrics. Transparency and accountability will be on your side as you seek a way to measure and manage. This is an ongoing process and of course, if your business changes, so do your performance metrics.

My book “Stop Compromising” has its own chapter (chapter 5) on this topic and explains ways to think about KPIs and performance metrics.

Let me know what KPIs and performance metrics have worked for you and what particular leading indicators you use for your roadmap.

 

Effective Strategy Execution

Logo Exec Lead Part II:  Tomorrow is Here: Profitable Growth Requires Critical Assessments for Effective Strategy Execution          

Tuesday, March 29 Noon – 2pm over lunch

Specially for You:   Bring a CEO and Get a 2 for 1       Register yourself at regular rate and your prospect/client CEO at no charge with the special NSSCEO code.

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Questions we will be addressing:

  • What specific changes did you make so that you could truly scale your business?
  • Do you have a certain process you follow?  If so, can you share that process?
  • What are your stories, both positive and negative, that you believe are essential for any CEO when considering profitable growth?
  • What we cannot measure we cannot manage.  What are your top three value drivers and how do you measure them?
  • Can you share with us what measures you have put in place to assure that the strategic plan gets executed within the capital resources and timeframe you planned?
  • How are you making use of the available technology and where do you see the potential competitive advantage?

Panelists:

   
Randy Nunley, CEO of Odyssey Systems Consulting Group
Charley Storey, President of Harpoon Brewery
                
Kevin Young, President of Mondi International
Moderator:    Rudi Scheiber-Kurtz, CEO of Next Stage Solutions, Inc.

Come and hear from successful CEOs in how they shifted their focus to achieve growth by implementing the right infrastructure to effectively identifying new growth opportunities.

Join us to learn more in how CEOs have embraced qualitative and quantitative practices to address demands critical for future growth and long-term value creation.

ACCELERATED GROWTH DEMANDS CRITICAL AND INNOVATIVE SHIFTS  A 3-part mini series on how today’s business leaders successfully grow their organizations.

Rudi Scheiber-Kurtz of Next Stage Solutions, Inc. | 617. 449. 7728 or Andy Snider of Snider Associates | 617. 947. 1170

The Art of Scaling

Next Stage Solutions & Chief Outsiders present:

Scaling Your Business:  Innovative Plans to Ensure Growth & Sustainability

Thursday | 29 October | 11am – 1pm | Lunch

Join us for a lively discussion in how other CEOs have prepared their businesses to be adaptive and fully scalable.   You will learn what’s worked/not worked for them and how you can apply their experiences to your own growth challenges.

SPEAKERS:   

Rob Ristagno, COO, America’s Test Kitchen

Arthur Barrett, President, Barrett Distribution Centers

Chris Gallagher, COO, Gallagher Fluid Seals, Inc.

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Questions to be Addressed

  • How do you Achieve Growth from both Top and Bottom line?
  • What can you do when Growth Stalls?
  • What are the Key Strategies to ensure both Growth and Sustainability?
  • How do you Scale in a Complex and Dynamic Economy?

We will explore:

  • Product| Market Growth Strategies
  • Proven Approaches to Financial Stability & Bottom-Line Growth
  • Talent Strategies

Next Stage Solutions and Chief Outsiders both work with midmarket companies and will share their expertise and ideas with you.  This interactive workshop will help you prepare your organization to navigate the changes you’re sure to face with optimal flexibility.

You and your business need to be more agile than ever to take advantage of the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Contact us with additional ideas to incorporate into this discussion. Call us at 617-449-7728

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