Lessons in building business dashboards

In business, I have learnt the incredible value of building dashboards that eliminate unnecessary data (ruthlessly) and focus only on imperative and useful stats that help you make informed decisions quickly.  In my average week, I refer to two central dashboards. One the shows the health of my business and the other that track my key priorities (which change every few months). The help me progress my business, weather the storms and build a company I’m proud of.  My critical lessons in creating these have been: 1) It should not be hard or timeconsuming to find and update the stats – otherwise, it will fail in a matter of weeks 2) The whole team should agree to the outputs you measure – this helps create buy-in and track accountability. 3) Track what you need to track – never track everything you can (this will drive you insane) 4) If it can’t help you make a decision – get rid of it. So imagine how happy I am to see how we have been able to do this for our clients in our new digital dashboards. None of the clutter, nothing siloed, and meaningful data stories that help them make decisions. Today I got to see the digital dash for Digitlab, yes, we finally got round to creating one for ourselves. Such a great tool. Proud of the team who put this together. 

Some decisions are hard. This was one of them.

I must be honest. I have been blessed in life. I may have had to walk some difficult roads but after everything I count myself blessed living a life riddle with grace. This blessed life had me face a decision that was not easy to make. Quick reflection… Its hard to measure a life, I don’t think life should be measured by the fun you’ve had or how much you enjoy, sometimes its hard to take hold of the things that really matter. I don’t think it should be measured by the size of you wallet, I know plenty of people who have wasted their lives chasing money having lost everything in the process. I also don’t think life can be measured by a single attribute. Life is more beautiful than that, more intricate, more like a diverse tapestry instead of a colourful piece of cardboard. In the movie “The Bucket List” Morgan Freeman says that you should measure your life by those who measure theirs against yours. I love this quote. It reminds me that people mark your life, in good ways and bad. They impact you, challenge you, inspire you, mentor you and basically shape the person you become. I am surrounded by great people. That’s why I count myself blessed. My son is the light of my life, my fiánce is truly the most exquisite person I have met, DigitLab is packed full of the most dedicated and talented people and TomorrowToday is the wisest counsel I have...

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