Metrics Navigation


Feedsee Business : Metrics Navigation : Planning process uncovered and prioritized relevant and material performance indicators

In 2007, the Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) released the GEMI Metrics Navigator. "This tool was designed to help companies identify metrics that support their business strategy. It provides a roadmap for companies to identify key metrics for those actions that drive long-term sustainability," said Jim Kearney of Bristol-Myers Squibb. "The GEMI Metrics Navigator uses a planning process that can help uncover relevant and material indicators and prioritize them among those that are the most effective at driving and communicating performance, both internally and externally," said Leslie Montgomery of Southern Company. "By offering a cutting edge framework, leading thoughts from the field, and a variety of case studies and approaches, The GEMI Metrics Navigator is a great tool for managers who are thinking about how to effectively align incentives, investments and desired outcomes of sustainability strategies," said Cornell professor Mark Milstein. "The Metrics Navigator provides a logical roadmap to help practitioners and decision-makers alike identify the key metrics that drive and communicate sustainable performance in their business," said Pogo Davis of JDK Consulting.

What are metrics-driven business decisions?

Metrics-driven business decisions refer to the process of making organizational choices based on quantitative data, also known as metrics or key performance indicators (KPIs). This data-driven approach ensures that business decisions are not merely based on intuition, personal experience, or guesswork, but are grounded in actual data and measurable outcomes.

Here are a few reasons why metrics-based decisions are crucial for businesses:

  1. Improved Decision Making: Metrics provide tangible evidence about what's working and what's not in a business. They can illuminate patterns, trends, and insights that might not be apparent otherwise. This objective information can help leaders make informed and effective decisions.
  2. Performance Tracking: Metrics allow companies to track their performance over time and against their goals. They can show if a company is meeting its targets or if there's a gap that needs to be addressed. This ongoing tracking allows for timely adjustments and improvements.
  3. Resource Allocation: Metrics can help identify where resources (like time, money, or staff) are best spent. They can show which activities, departments, or initiatives yield the highest return on investment (ROI), helping businesses to allocate their resources more effectively.
  4. Risk Management: Metrics can help identify potential issues before they become significant problems. They can highlight areas of risk or concern, allowing businesses to proactively address these areas and mitigate potential negative impacts.
  5. Transparency and Accountability: Metrics create a culture of transparency and accountability. When everyone in an organization can see and understand the metrics, it's clearer what needs to be done to achieve the company's goals. It also holds people accountable for their contributions to these goals.
  6. Benchmarking: Metrics allow businesses to benchmark their performance against industry standards or competitors. This can provide valuable insights into where a company stands in the market and where there are opportunities for improvement or growth.

A metrics-driven approach to decision making can lead to better business outcomes by enabling more accurate and effective decisions. However, it's important to remember that not all metrics are equally important. Businesses must choose the right KPIs that align with their strategic goals, and these can vary significantly depending on the industry, company size, and specific business objectives.