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.


Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal is an author, independent brand researcher, and adjunct marketing professor with 20 years of varied experience. An avid researcher and prolific, creative writer, Dr. Blumenthal's interests span communication, marketing, qualitative media content analysis, political rhetoric, propaganda, leadership, management, organizational development, and more. An engaged citizen, she has for several years worked to raise awareness around child sex trafficking and the dangers of corruption at @drdannielle on Twitter. You can find her articles at Medium, and, and she frequently answers questions on Quora. All opinions are Dr. Blumenthal's own.