GoalScreenTM Blog

Signal to pivot

What do you do when big gaps between actual and projected sales or cash flow stare out at you from the books (or your computer screen) week after week? If you’re like most people, your first reaction is to work harder. After all, volatile results make backers nervous...

read more

Before you measure – guess

A recent blog on an automated business-scorecard site helpfully suggests 18 key performance indicators that you should track. Along with 13 bonus performance indicators. And a link to another 37 indicators. The list faithfully follows the structure of the balanced...

read more

When working harder is a mistake

People.ai CEO Oleg Rogynskyy busts the urban myth that Y Combinator has become Silicon Valley’s Ivy League – an incubator with a surface veneer of hard work glossing over an engine of great networking. Here’s what he writes. “Y Combinator is about understanding the...

read more

What if ElementAI really does democratize deep learning?

Parochial data – the failure to share data or its analysis – can be lethal. In 2008, I published a case study of the 2005 explosion at BP’s Texas City refinery that killed 15 and injured 100 people in my book Relevance (Wiley). One key point was that the firm had...

read more

When to KISS

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

Testing assumptions about impact

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

Investor diversity at the SoCap15 conference

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

Assumptions Based Metrics: Recipe for Success

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

Sharpening Your Risk Intelligence

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

Know What Matters to Hit Your Goals

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

Relevance abstract

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

How to Build a Micro-Entrepreneur

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

David Apgar
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.

Ready to see if GoalScreenTM coaching is a good fit for you and your small business?

Questions?

GoalScreenTM HQ is in Santa Cruz, CA 95060 | +1 (831) 824 4273 | info@goalscreen.com | TERMS

© 2017 GoalScreenTM | All Rights Reserved.