Monday, January 2, 2012

Measuring Success

This piece @ Big Think - Why Economic Growth Is Not Imperative - asks an important question, not just for our global economy but for your region, town, community, and even personally - how are we measuring success?  Since we were young we've been warned against comparing ourselves to others, but isn't that what all of the current measures of success do?  From standardized testing in schools which purport to measure teachers/schools success by test scores, to GDP, to unemployment rates, income levels, etc.?

Reminds me of this slide from a Tom Peters powerpoint -
“To grow, companies need to break out of a vicious cycle of competitive benchmarking and imitation.”  —W. Chan Kim & RenĂ©e Mauborgne, “Think for Yourself —
Stop Copying a Rival,”
Financial Times

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