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!

Conscious Business World Summit

Consious Business World Summit


Marty will be presenting on Measuring Success – how to truly measure over all success for your organization or yourself, in the Track including Mission & Purpose.

There will of course be other thought leaders, best selling authors and thousands of business pioneers from around the world sharing on the topics of:

○ Conscious Leadership
○ Creating a Mission Driven Organization (Mission & Purpose)
○ Building a Conscious Workplace Culture
○ Sustainability and CSR
○ Personal Development for Conscious Business

Its shaping up to be a wonderful week of inspiration and insights. See the full agenda here and sign up… good news… it’s FREE!


How do you measure success?

How to Measure Success

“Obstacles can’t stop you. Problems can’t stop you. Most important of all, other people can’t stop you. Only you can stop you.”
~ Jeffrey Gitomer, business trainer and writer

“While this is true, what makes me sad is realizing that it’s the only thing most people seem to succeed at – Stopping.”
~ Don Padgett, Author
I’m a Metrics expert. Yup, that means I geek out on measurements, especially measurements for improvement. Lately I’ve been speaking on how to measure success.

And guess what? It ties back to Vision!

Vision and Mission.

What is your purpose in life? Why are you here? Why were you created? Why does your organization exist?
What is your vision for the future? What is your dream for a better world?

If you want to measure success start at the beginning (your purpose) and your new beginning (your vision). You can’t measure success in dollars or hours. I can’t measure my success by the number of readers of this newsletter or the number of referrals for new readers.

My success has to be measured by how well I fulfill my purpose and how well I’m progressing toward my vision.

Remember, Your Vision Will Change the World – and your success will be measured by it!


What is your purpose?


“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

~ Mark Twain

I love the awesome power of a vision.  It gives you direction and focus.  You know what you’re supposed to do and what you’re not supposed to do.  I’m never surprised to find that an organization (or an individual) lacks a vision.  Even the most well-established organizations can lack a vision.

What is a little surprising is how many people and organizations lack a clear and common understanding of their mission.  I don’t mean a well-crafted, polysyllabic, run-on sentence that’s engraved above the door frame.  I mean a simple explanation of why they exist.  What is the purpose for the organization?

What Mark Twain said about an individual is also true for an organization.  The most important days in your organization’s history will be the day it was founded and the day you find out why.  Just as a vision provides direction and focus for the future, your mission defines what you should be doing today.

Remember, Your Vision Will Change the World – but it since it should align with your life’s purpose, it helps to know your mission first!

How does your vision fit with your mission?

How does your vision fit with your mission?

“Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood.”

~ Chicago architect Daniel Burnham

I like to think of it as; “Your vision is the reason you exist, blown way out of proportion.”

Take your purpose in life, your mission, and blow it way out of proportion.

Take what you believe is your individual reason for being and then make it impossibly large. Make it so large that it scares you. Make it so large that you can’t possibly do it alone.

This is the essence of vision.

Is your vision “tough to do?” It should be tougher than tough…it should be impossible.

Remember, your vision will change the world!