For any type of work, defining how to measure success is a critical undertaking. Clarity around success metrics helps us make decisions big and small.
Yet defining success is especially tricky if your work involves organizing people towards a common goal. Is achieving the goal—hitting the number, scoring the goal, passing the bill—the only metric that matters? What about the health of our community?
When is organizing successful? Ask:
- Did we accomplish the goal?
- Did our community grow stronger?
- Did the individuals involved learn and grow?
This mix of success factors prevents us from ignoring adversely affecting our people in the pursuit of a goal or attaining goals without building capacity among those we serve.
Success demands achieving outcomes by developing others.