Magazine article Stage Directions

Managing Metrics

Magazine article Stage Directions

Managing Metrics

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Resolutions are fine, as long as you have a way to measure them.

How many of you track your New Year's Resolutions? Do you codify them into goals, develop a plan to achieve them, and follow that plan? (Improvising along the way, if need be?) And if you do, how do you measure your progress or success?

Here's another question for you: Do you use the same metric to measure success across all your goals? Obviously not How much I weigh has zero bearing on if I finished the script. (I didn't reach my weight goal this year, but I did finish the script.)

I bring this up because I had an interesting conversation with some family members this holiday season. They are one step away from leasing a building and opening a theatre. They know what property they want, how much it would cost to lease, what the foot traffic is, who they'd rent space to for classes, the numbers of their audience that they've already built through classes and productions at other venues... In short, they know just about everything except whether or not they should open up a new theatre in this economic climate.

And that's why it's a hard decision. Because they've got to make the decision based on two different metrics, simultaneously. They want to make theatre. They're good at making theatre. Making theatre fulfills a deep part of their soul. That's one metric. The other metric, though, is their mortgage and their kids' college fund and car payments. . .and the list goes on. …

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