And so it is in business, where most success is defined by what it’s easy to put a number on.
Revenue, sales, profits, visitors, growth, impressions, likes, database size, event numbers, open rates, page views etc. All the things that fit neatly on a spreadsheet. And yes, they’re important, and the truth is spreadsheets – like Dojo apps – don’t lie.
The problem is, they don’t tell the whole story. There’s no measurement for the intentions we have, the effort we made, the impact of our work and the difference we will make over time—not just this term or this quarter.
Interestingly the people with the most Dojos, or gold stars, or numbers on their spreadsheets, don’t always win.
In fact, sometimes they lose. They’re often so busy reaching for the stars to stick on the chart, doing the Dojo-worthy deed, that they forget to really see the brightest stars or the daring deeds outside the Dojo.
I hope you’re spending some time NOT measuring your success on an app or a star chart.