Metrics That Preserve The Status Quo

It is completely possible to create serious metrics, like scorecards and the like, that functionally serve to sustain the status quo in the disguise of seeking change. It happens all the time in companies, non-profits, health care, government and education.

Leaders who seek to protect the status quo, rooted in a deep ambivalence about courage, like metrics they can use to build and fortify silos around their functions. They believe metrics can protect them from others asking for more. They believe that stable metrics can spin a cocoon of certainty and predictability.  And these beliefs are unfulfillable expectations because life is change and others should, in authentic courage and faith in their strengths, always imagine and invite more.