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!


Vision Setting Workshop

Vision Setting: How to create a living strategic plan

We all struggle to find our place in the world. We all wonder if there’s more to our lives than existing through the 9-5 job. We want to know our purpose and we want to make a difference.
The same is true for organizations.

Organizations tend to bury themselves in poly-syllabic words which end up diluting any meaning their mission and vision statements have. Their strategic plans end up gathering dust on a shelf only to be reviewed when it’s time to create a new one.

Key Take-Aways
• A clear statement of your purpose
• Vision for you or your organization
• How to share your vision
• How to use your vision to create apostles, disciples, and followers
• The basis of a living strategic plan

Specific Objectives
• Identify your purpose and calling
• Determine if you have a vision
• Formulate your vision for the future
• Practice sharing your vision
• Build an understanding of how to build your vision-network
• Identify high level, long range goals for achieving your Vision
• Build an outline of your strategic plan based on your mission and vision

When:  Thursday, Nov 17, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Where: Holiday Inn Express, HWY 933, Niles MI 49120

Reserve your seat

Hitting the Target may not be good enough

If you’re giving your workers “targets” to achieve each year, chances are you’ll hit the target and miss the mark!

How hard is it to NOT set targets for your workers? For some it’s extremely difficult. The problem is that the worker focuses on the bar you’ve set and not on the underlying purpose. You run the real risk that the worker will achieve the target but miss the point, and worse, not move the organization closer to the vision.

Ensure that the purpose is at the heart of all you do. That the vision is the basis for the goal and the target you are setting. When the question comes down to priorities and reaching a target, the vision should drive the choices NOT the need to check the box during the annual review.

Networking is a Necessity

The way of the world is meeting people through other people.

~ Robert Kerrigan

It’s not only the “way of the world” but it’s one of the major tools at your disposal for getting your vision to come true. That means being a “Connector” – part of your job as a visionary is connecting others…doers with dreamers, dreamers with other dreamers, yourself with anyone who can help your vision come true.


  1. Enlist others. You can’t do it alone – your vision is too big for you to make happen on your own.
  2. If what they want to do helps the vision, then get out of their way…or better yet, support them. They don’t have to be doing what you want or what you would do, or the way you’d do it.
  3. Share your vision freely. It should be the answer to the common question, “so what do you do?”
  4. Always look for opportunities to share your vision. If you’re living your vision, more and more opportunities will come your way. Keep your eyes, ears, and heart open to them.

Your job as a visionary is to Share It, Preach It, Champion It, and Connect It.

So, who have you Connected this week? Come on…you should be making new connections (either for yourself or others) every DAY. So, one per week is underachieving.

I ask again, who have you Connected this week?

Remember, Your Vision Won’t Change the World Without Your Help,


Moving forward requires movement

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Our biggest regrets are not for the things we have done but for the things we haven’t done

~ Chad Michael Murray

No Regrets. I never have regrets for trying and failing…only for not trying.


The question isn’t what have you done that you regret…it’s what haven’t you done – because you WILL regret it. “Get ‘Er Done” Is a deeper statement than you might think at first look. You know your vision is your calling because when you ignore it for too long, you start to feel guilty. You don’t sleep well. You start lamenting the time you’re wasting…

Yes, wasting.

If you’re not working on your calling, if you’re not living your vision…what are you doing? Vegging on the couch? Playing an App on your smartphone? Reading, watching, or listening to nonsense?

OK, I’m not telling you to avoid all fun, free-time, or down-time. But I AM telling you that if you don’t follow your calling, you will regret it. You’ll eventually die unhappy. You’ll look back and regret not trying, not sharing, and not spreading your vision. You will regret not doing what you were called to do.

We learn from our mistakes…which means we learn by doing. If you are not living your vision, you won’t learn from the missteps, and you’ll wonder if you did all you could.

No need to wonder. You didn’t.


Remember, Your Vision WILL Change the World!