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  • Anne Cruz

Defining Success in Complex Organizations

Updated: Jun 19

In this episode of the SDSS podcast, hosts Tim Keefe and Andreas Wieman engage in a deep dive into the critical yet often overlooked topic of defining success within organizations. They dissect the challenges and complexities involved in ensuring all departments and team members align with a common definition of success. 

This discussion not only uncovers the pitfalls of misalignment but also emphasizes the need for tailored approaches to measuring and achieving success through consultative practices.

Key Points Discussed:

  1. The Multi-faceted Nature of Success:

  2. Effectiveness and Misapplications of KPIs:

  3. Consultative Approaches and Vendor Relationships:

  4. Challenges of Organizational Alignment:

  5. Complexities in Modern Business Environments:


  • Tim Keefe: "At the end of the day, if we're not hitting our financial targets that are putting money in the bank that allows the business to go forward, then have we been successful?"

  • Tim Keefe: "It's about aligning what I'm doing in the moment to the P&L of the organization I am reporting up into."

  • Andreas Wieman: "Success is a personal concept. It depends on that individual's values and goals and priorities. It's not a one-size-fits-all."

  • Andreas Wieman: "Exactly, it starts with defining successful outcomes right at the top. Large matrix organizations, especially, need to ensure their message of success is personalized to each individual."


The episode concludes with a potent discussion on the critical need for leaders to adapt and rethink traditional success metrics in the face of evolving business challenges. Tim and Andreas advocate for a strategic realignment that not only addresses the complexities of modern business environments but also fosters a culture of continuous improvement and alignment towards a common vision of success. They underscore the importance of clear communication and consultative engagement to navigate these challenges effectively.

This episode is a must-listen for leaders, strategists, and anyone involved in organizational development, offering actionable insights and a robust framework for redefining success in any organization.

Get Your Copy of SDSS:

We strongly advise getting a copy of Tim and Andreas' book, "Stop Doing Stupid Stuff," for those who feel motivated by today's discussion and want to learn more about these transformative concepts.

Available on Amazon,SDSS promises to be your guide to fostering a smarter, more value-driven work and business environment.

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