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This presentation explores why complex business problems require creativity. Related Posts David Apgar Founder - Goalscreen About David Apgar David has helped entrepreneurs around the world achieve their goals by identifying powerful new drivers of...read more
This presentation shows how impact scorecards can help small businesses and social enterprises improve performance at a fraction of the cost in time, cost, and data of traditional consulting and advice.read more
Anyone who has struggled with car windows, door locks, audio settings, and climate controls subject to the latest onboard digital platforms without a manual control in sight will feel some nostalgia for the slogan of Lockheed Skunk Works lead engineer Kelly Johnson – “Keep it simple, stupid” – KISS for short.read more
As self-professed impact experts line up to advise the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative – the $45B LLC just announced by the Facebook founder – it may be worth debunking three myths about impact.read more
Impact scorecards help you improve business outcomes by measuring the effectiveness of your strategy as well as execution. After all, it doesn’t matter how well you execute a strategy if it’s the wrong strategy for hitting your goals.read more
What if the qualities of mind needed by successful entrepreneurs conflicted with one another?read more
For this attendee, the strongest impression of the SoCap15 conference for impact investors last week in San Francisco was about investor diversity. There were plenty of impact investors looking for energy, health, and data startups and boasting about exits.read more
The False Promise of Big Data: Can Data Mining Replace Hypothesis-Driven Learning in the Identification of Predictive Performance Metrics?
This paper argues US manufacturers still fail to identify metrics that predict performance results despite two decades of intensive investment in data-mining applications because indicators with the power to predict complex results must have high information content as well as a high impact on those results.read more
Two challenges facing U.S. businesses raise the question of how well our performance management systems are performing. One: Although average worker productivity has risen briskly for two decades average wages have stagnated. Two: The flattening of U.S. consumer...read more
From seeing risks as generally matching rewards and risk avoidance as little safer than risk taking over much of the past 60 years, business has returned to the darker pre-war view that what can go wrong will do so.read more
A metric is relevant to an assumption if the assumption’s truth or falsity greatly affects the metric’s expected results.read more
As consumer demand falters and raw material costs rise, the pressure on business leaders, marketers, finance executives, and operating officers to pinpoint what is driving – or hindering – progress toward their performance objectives ratchets up.read more
The information revolution is drawing to a close as our expanding information resources bury decisions under ever-higher piles of conflicting data. Leaders of even small organizations simply cannot tell what matters.read more
Rapidly rising food prices and a global economic slowdown have exacted an enormous toll on emerging markets — making the success of micro-enterprise sectors employing the working poor all the more important.read more
It may be true downturns complicate talent management. But it’s probably more true that bad talent management exacerbates downturns.read more
In this groundbreaking book, business guru David Apgar helps leaders pinpoint which information matters most for successful goal stetting, strategy, and bottom-line performance.read more
Too many executives think risk management is strictly for technical specialists.read more
Founder - Goalscreen
About David Apgar
David has helped entrepreneurs around the world achieve their goals by identifying powerful new drivers of organizational growth. He has advised businesses on best practices at McKinsey and CEB, managed small-business and microfinance funds, and taught at Johns Hopkins and Wharton.
David has a BA from Harvard, an MA from Oxford, and a PhD from Rand's Graduate School. The GoalScreen coaching program and software platform have evolved out of his desire to make it simpler and easier for small businesses and social enterprises to take advantage of the power of assumption testing and impact scoring.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060