Success Metrics – How to truly measure success in business and in life

Success Metrics (Apress 2017)

I’ve been helping many people and organizations (especially Boards of Directors) wrestle with how to know if they are successful or not. And not just year-to-year, but for the long haul.  When all is said and done, when we look back, how can we know if we were truly successful?  This normally comes in the context of finding your purpose and later determining if you have a Vision!  I have a (free) newsletter dedicated to encouraging visionaries.  So I was very happy for the opportunity to write this book for Apress.

From the release on Amazon:

Marty’s newest book from Apress teaches us how to measure success at the individual and organizational levels. The key is to measure and promote progress in terms of organizational vision, mission, and overarching goals.

Business leaders too often succumb to the working assumption that they only have to show shareholders and boards of trustees that they are turning a profit―the higher the profit, the more successful their stewardship of the company. Wrong! To truly thrive and endure, all organizations―corporate, government, small, large, nonprofit, or startup―need to define and pursue the underlying purpose for their existence.

  • Understand why you should measure success instead of performance
  • Understand what to measure and what not to measure
  • Integrate the measures of success to tell a complete story
  • Share measures of success with different audiences

I’d love to know what you think!

Don’t Manage…Coach!

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Don’t Manage…COACH!

Born from a chapter in The Professional Development Toolbox, this quick read is “Judo for the Manager’s Soul.”  

In other words, it will help you to not only think out of the box, but to totally throw the box away and find new ways to get things done.  It’s a fun quick read, one I’m sure you’ll enjoy.

Michael Langthorne and I have taken the metaphor of coaching instead of managing to the extreme.  But the extreme may even then not be far enough.  It has worked for sports coaches ever since the first team competition was waged.  It works today as it did yesterday.  And coaches are always learning, improving, and finding ways to do better.  To communicate with, encourage, and develop their players.

As managers we propose you do no less.

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Planning and Designing Effective Metrics



I’m happy to announce that Apress has published (with a little help from me), an abridged version of Metrics: How to Improve Key Business Results.  This shorter version of the book has all of the essentials you need to get started, in a small (a little over 100 pages), concise publication.  You get:

  1.  Metrics: The Basics
  2. Establishing a Common Language
  3. Designing and Documenting your Metrics
  4. Using Metrics as Indicators
  5. Using the Answre Key and
  6. Establishing Standards and Benchmarks

Apress wisely also included the appendix on Tools and Resources.  So, if you know someone who needs help with Metrics, but you want to provide a simpler, shorter guide for designing and implementing a metrics program – we’ve got you covered.

Why Organizations Struggle So Hard to Improve So Little: Overcoming Organizational Immaturity


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As the authors of this eye-opening new work make clear, to enact real change, organizations need to shake off their immaturity and grow up. Shifting away from the tendency to lay all the blame on bad leadership, Why Organizations Struggle So Hard to Improve So Little: Overcoming Organizational Immaturity offers specific answers for why most organizational improvement efforts fail.

Why Organizations Struggle So Hard to Improve So Little explains the difficulties and dangers of organizational immaturity, then provides proven, effective tools and ideas for achieving change within the limitations of an immature organization. With this guide, leaders and other stakeholders will be able to determine the maturity level of an organization, get beyond prevailing myths about how change gets derailed, and identify potential areas for improvement.

Metrics: How to Improve Key Business Results


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Metrics are a hot topic. Executive leadership, boards of directors, management, and customers are all asking for data-based decisions. As a result, many managers, professionals, and change agents are asked to develop metrics, but have no clear idea of how to produce meaningful ones. Wouldn’t it be great to have a simple explanation of how to collect, analyze, report, and use measurements to improve your organization?

Metrics: How to Improve Key Business Results provides that explanation and the tools you’ll need to make your organization more effective. Not only does the book explain the “why” of metrics, but it walks you through a step-by-step process for creating a report card that provides a clear picture of organizational health and how well you satisfy customer needs.

The Professional Development Toolbox


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In The Professional Development Toolbox, you’ll find all you need to create meaningful professional development plans for anyone in your organization. The beauty of this practical handbook is that you can use it to develop staff, management, leadership and even athletes.

Martin Klubeck thoroughly covers a second mature behavior from Why Organizations Struggle So Hard to Improve So Little (Praeger 2009). After the success of Metrics: How to Improve Key Business Results (Apress 2011), he felt compelled to write this practical, hands-on guide to creating professional development aimed at helping you get better at what you do