What are KPIs?

KPIs are measurable values that demonstrate how effectively a company is achieving its key business objectives. They can be financial (e.g., revenue growth, profitability) or non-financial (e.g., customer satisfaction, employee retention). By tracking relevant KPIs, you can identify strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement.

Not all KPIs are equally valuable. You want to make sure that the ones you choose align with your business objectives.  You want to ensure they are relevant and actionable. Above all, you want to make sure that you can measure them.

Here is a step by step process to creating effective KPIs:

1. Define Your Business Goals: Clearly articulate your goals, aligning them with your vision, mission, and values.

2. Identify Key Areas of Focus: Determine critical areas that directly impact your ability to achieve your goals (e.g., sales, marketing, operations).

3. Brainstorm Potential KPIs: For each key area, brainstorm potential KPIs that could measure progress and performance.

4. Prioritize and Select KPIs:  Evaluate and select the most meaningful and actionable KPIs.

5. Define Target Values: Set realistic and achievable target values for each KPI based on historical data and industry benchmarks.

6. Implement Tracking and Reporting: Establish processes and systems to consistently track and report on your KPIs.

7. Assign Metric Owners: Ensure each metric has an assigned owner responsible for data input.

8. Review and Adjust: Regularly review and adjust KPIs to maintain their relevance and effectiveness.

Tracking Tools and Weekly Metrics Input Deadline

There are several KPI dashboards to use. How you set it up needs to be relevant to your organization. This may be through an excel or google sheet. It may be through a project management system such as ClickUp or Monday. Com. Whatever you choose to use, make sure that you use the tool, have a deadline as to when the metrics must be entered in by each week.

As an example, one of my clients has a deadline of Monday at 10 am for all metrics to be entered. This allows for the leadership team to review the metrics prior to their weekly meeting on Tuesday at 10 am. 

By implementing and monitoring the right KPIs, you’ll gain valuable insights into your organization’s performance, enabling informed decisions, optimized operations, and sustainable growth.

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Stephanie German is a business strategist, adjunct professor, and speaker. She holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership and loves giving back to her community in a variety of ways. When she’s not coaching clients or writing about leadership, Stephanie is usually headed to the mountains or the beach with her family, drinking savory wine, or working on the latest project with her husband. Stephanie’s greatest desires are to raise up the next generation of leaders while raising her own children to be strong, independent, and brave. She lives in Fresno, California with her husband Blake and her three spunky daughters, Cara, Kinsey, and Peyton. She is the best-selling author of So Your Boss Can’t Lead?

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