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๐——๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฎ ๐—š๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—จ๐˜€ ๐—ข๐˜…๐˜†๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ป

Updated: Jul 9, 2022

Athletically, oxygen is necessary for burning carbohydrates, fats, and proteins that turn it into energy. In business, using pure data to drive growth is like using oxygen to run fast โ€“ itโ€™s necessary to perform optimally.

Metrics offer insights to facilitate better decisions, improve infrastructure, and better reach customers.

โ€œ๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐œ๐š๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐ข๐ญ, ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐œ๐š๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž ๐ข๐ญ.โ€ โ€“ Peter Drucker

When encouraging a data-driven approach, I emphasize learning over judging. The first pass at collecting data creates a baseline.

No one starts at their best. The goal is to keep improving.

The data doesnโ€™t always show positive outcomes. Knowing bad news is valuable because that allows applying solutions prior to a crisis.

Each area of the company stands to gain through data

Sales: Determine which behaviors lead to successful outcomes and how to best reach target clients

Marketing: Prove which types of engagement increase responses (e.g. A-B testing*)

Finance: Model investments, run scenarios, and predict cash flow to increase your optionality

Product: Discover your ideal customers and workflow and enhance the development process

IT: Maximize productivity for your team and sustain uptime for customers

People Operations: Apply best hiring practices to recruiting, retaining, and compensating high performers equitably

In the absence of data, we rely on intuition which can be biased.**

Want to build the right approach?

Here are the steps needed to build or level up your data gathering process:

  • Decide on an audacious goal for why you will improve metrics***

  • Determine the resources needed (people, software, overhead)

  • Realize the approach does not have to be overly complex or costly to start, since some information is better than none.

  • Share and discuss findings regularly to benefit from insights

What Can Go Wrong in a Data-Driven Culture?

Gathering data cannot replace thinking. I encourage founders to have a clear vision first, and then determine necessary metrics.

โ€œ๐‘ป๐’ ๐’‚๐’”๐’Œ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† '๐’“๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’•' ๐’’๐’–๐’†๐’”๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’Š๐’” ๐’‡๐’‚๐’“ ๐’Ž๐’๐’“๐’† ๐’Š๐’Ž๐’‘๐’๐’“๐’•๐’‚๐’๐’• ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’ ๐’•๐’ ๐’“๐’†๐’„๐’†๐’Š๐’—๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’”๐’˜๐’†๐’“.โ€ โ€“ Jiddu Krishnamurti

Iโ€™ve seen companies fashion vanity metrics to justify their awesomeness but not apply to industry expectations.

Finally, some founders get love-struck over beautiful financial models which relay the future they hope to see (perhaps intentionally), yet the data was wrong. However, mirrors and artwork shouldn't direct business.

Data is a tool, and the effectiveness of a tool always depends on the intention and the users. Metrics help you achieve the best outcomes.


Really excited to share a photo of my friend Ruthlyn Greenfield-Webster, RN. Sheโ€™s an amazing athlete inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame at the University of Pennsylvania, a national, regional, & world champion in the Triple Jump, dedicated nurse and loved mother.

Photo by Dave Albo who can be found here:

* Post on A-B Testing can be found here:

** Post on cognitive bias can be found here:

*** Posts on organizational change here: and

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