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!


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!

It truly is a wonderful life

Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?

~ Clarence

I love that movie.  I cry (yes, I’m admitting to shedding tears over a movie) every time it gets to the end.

There a lot of movies which play off this concept (the Butterfly Effect is another example, albeit not a great one) because we want to feel needed.  I love it when my wife needs my help.  It’s why I enjoy helping my children.  It also helps answer the age-old question of “why am I here?”  and “What is my purpose in life?”

The problem is that we don’t see all the ways we positively (or negatively) affected others until it’s all over.  Clarence gave George a terrific gift in showing him how his life made a difference in the world while he was still living it.

We should take the time to take account of our place in the world.  If you need to make amends with others that you’ve negatively affected, do so.  But, we need to also bask a little in the glow of our positive contributions to the world.

You’ve done great things.  You’ve helped many others.  Relish your successes and remember you are a valuable and critical component to making the world a better place.

Thanks for all you’ve done.

Thanks for all you will do.

Remember, Your Vision Will Change the World,