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  • DATE April 5, 2013
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Measuring Success

Michael Thate asks who gets to define – and measure – success

Whether we are aware of it or not, there is an outright war over who gets to define “success.” There is some irony in this story in that I read this article while flying out of New York City, a monument to success. But what is “success?” And who gets to define it? While success benchmarks are of course both entirely natural and often helpful—e.g., a manager’s use of statistical evaluation to determine a batting lineup or pitching rotation or a trader’s measuring financial turn on investment to evaluate market share—they should also be held with suspicion. Who is defining it? Once success is defined, desired outcomes and lifestyles are set for many. In this sense, they can become totalizing and subsuming.

Read the full article at Fieldnotes Magazine