There is only one metric that matters.

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Every new leader comes in with a plan. Employees have seen a million of them.

Every plan has five or six guiding principles.

With a web of goals and objectives underneath.

Followed by dozens of corresponding measures of success.

Nobody can follow all this. It's too complicated.

It doesn't get us moving forward either. We are too busy counting and reporting.

The only metric that matters is teamwork. And there are lots of ways to find evidence of that.

Teamwork sounds like a simplistic goal. But it is very difficult to achieve. And makes everything else possible.

We should focus employees on teamwork, all the time. And regularly evaluate its effectiveness. 

* All opinions my own.