Saturday , February , 17 , 2018
The Institute Way Blog
If you’re problem isn’t having too few performance measures, then most certainly it’s having too many. We don’t like to let go of our performance measures because we might just need them someday, and it took a lot of effort to get them in the first place. These aren’t good reasons for keeping them, and doing so will cause us more harm than good.
Imagine you take your car to the car dealer to get serviced. Before you give your car to the service manager you see the following performance statistics posted on the wall:
Average time to wait for an appointment after requesting one—27 days
Number of people who requested an appointment but didn’t get one—46,000
Not too reassuring is it....
My business intelligence (BI) and analytics software salesman friend said something interesting to me the other day over lunch. He said, “I don't sell software, I sell gym memberships. When someone joins a gym they are not really buying the membership. They are buying the dream of improved health and a better physique. Their intention is to work out every day and...
We receive the funniest “help me!” calls here at the Institute. While they probably aren’t good enough for their own reality show, these calls do provide us with some comic relief around here.
Recently, we fielded another call to add to our “are you kidding me?” file.
Umiaq is defined as a large open Inuit or Eskimo boat made of skins stretched on a wooden frame, usually propelled by paddles. I looked it up only because my Words with Friends opponent just played that word. There are several possible explanations for this move. Maybe my friend of many years has recently become an expert in the Inuit culture. Maybe his linguistic genius is...