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Unlocking the Power of KPIs: The Importance of Asking the Right Questions!


KPIs, or Key Performance Indicators, are essential in measuring the success of a business. However, it is important to approach KPIs with a critical eye. Just like the Allies’ air forces in WW2, it is easy to get caught up in data and forget to ask important questions. Are you asking the right questions and getting a complete picture of your business’ performance?


Let’s take a deeper dive into the importance of asking the right questions when it comes to KPIs. To avoid the risk of making incorrect assumptions and taking the wrong actions, it’s essential to think critically about the data that is being collected and analyzed. Here are some examples:

  1. Sales KPIs: For a business that sells products, a common KPI would be the number of sales made per month. However, it’s important to also consider other factors such as the average purchase price, the cost of goods sold, and the customer satisfaction rate. Without considering these additional factors, a business may falsely conclude that they are successful when in reality they are not.

  2. Employee engagement KPIs: Measuring employee engagement through KPIs can provide valuable insights into the workplace culture. One common KPI in this area is employee turnover rate. While this is an important metric, it’s not the only one that matters. Other factors such as employee satisfaction, productivity, and absenteeism should also be taken into account.

  3. Marketing KPIs: Marketing KPIs often focus on metrics such as website traffic, social media followers, and email open rates. However, these metrics only give a partial view of the impact of a marketing campaign. It’s also important to consider the conversion rate, customer acquisition cost, and brand awareness.

In each of these examples, it’s clear that asking the right questions and considering all relevant data is crucial in making informed decisions. When setting KPIs, it’s important to not only focus on the data that’s easy to measure but also to consider the big picture and the data that’s often neglected. This will help ensure that the KPIs accurately reflect the performance of the business and lead to data-driven decisions that drive success.


When setting KPIs, it is crucial to identify what data you have, what data is missing and why. Don’t make the mistake of drawing conclusions based on incomplete data. Instead, focus on finding the right balance between the data you have and the data you need. By being mindful of the data that is excluded, you can avoid the risk of making incorrect assumptions and taking the wrong actions.


In conclusion, the connection between WW2’s airplanes and KPIs is about asking the right questions. Don’t let incomplete data steer your business in the wrong direction. Take a step back, look at the big picture, and make sure you are asking the right questions to ensure success.


Remember, data is a powerful tool, but it’s only as powerful as the questions you ask.

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