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Organizational Performance Measures – System Implementation Challenges

StrategyDriven Organizational Performance Measures PrincipleOrganizational performance measurement systems are complex constructs that significantly impact leadership decisions, employee behaviors, and management processes and systems. Consequently, there are often many people, process, and technology challenges associated with the implementation or significant upgrade of such monitoring systems. By understanding these potential risks, leaders can put in place mitigating instruments to reduce the overall organizational impact and increase the likelihood that the new measurement system will be accepted and have the desired positive impact on performance.


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Nathan Ives, StrategyDriven Principal is a StrategyDriven Principal and Host of the StrategyDriven Podcast. For over twenty years, he has served as trusted advisor to executives and managers at dozens of Fortune 500 and smaller companies in the areas of management effectiveness, organizational development, and process improvement. To read Nathan’s complete biography, click here.

Organizational Performance Measures Best Practice 22 – Use a Multidiscipline Team to Develop the Performance Measurement System

StrategyDriven Organizational Performance Measures Best Practice ArticleOrganizational performance measurement systems are complex structures cascading vertically from the executive suite to the shop floor and stretching horizontally though many different functional workgroups. Consequently, the design of a performance measurement system takes on a high degree of complexity because of the numerous interrelationships between various organizational levels and workgroups and the cross-functional sharing of common metrics. Thus, it is important to employ a multidiscipline team to design the measurement system, one that includes representatives from all levels of the organization as well as each functional area.


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Nathan Ives, StrategyDriven Principal is a StrategyDriven Principal and Host of the StrategyDriven Podcast. For over twenty years, he has served as trusted advisor to executives and managers at dozens of Fortune 500 and smaller companies in the areas of management effectiveness, organizational development, and process improvement. To read Nathan’s complete biography, click here.

Organizational Performance Measures Best Practice 21 – Broad Communication

StrategyDriven Organizational Performance Measures ArticleA performance metrics system is, in part, a communications mechanism conveying the organization’s performance against stated goals and in doing so reinforces leadership’s commitment to stated behaviors and results. To effectively achieve these objectives, performance measurement system communications must reach their intended audience. Too often, the organization’s metrics remain largely unobserved; residing on desktop computer dashboards or in binders tucked away in filing cabinets. Broad, direct, routine communication of performance measurement system’s output to those affecting the results is therefore necessary to achieve the reinforcement desired.


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Organizational Performance Measures Best Practice 17 – Annual Alignment Review

Alignment of the key performance indicator systemJust as a well-developed organizational performance measurement system helps align an organization to the efficient achievement of its goals, a misaligned performance measurement system diverts focus and resources toward non-value-adding activities. Over time, existing projects finish and new initiatives begin; requiring performance measures within the system be changed. While these alterations are intended to support continued, effective business operation, they are often performed without a holistic view of the system and may have unintended adverse impacts. Therefore, it is prudent to conduct a holistic performance measurement system evaluation with frequency that is regular enough to minimize the damage misalignment can cause without being so frequent as to become overly burdensome.


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Organizational Performance Measures Best Practice 16 – System Development

Organizational performance measures work together to illustrate a complex picture of performance; cascading up and down the organization and horizontally across it. Subsequently, it is important that the characteristics of performance measures within the system be well aligned to enable multi-indicator information development and data flow.


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