KPIs (Key Performance Indicators)

Maybe there are some of us who still don’t know the meaning of KPIs.

Some of us, instead, might hardly spend a week at work without hearing the expression.

I’m getting tired and upset of hearing about our performances, of effectiveness, productivity at our work, with the outcome of millions of us being made redundant.

I wish we, citizens, could in turn, propose, develop and appraise KPIs for our representatives, and the public thing (Res-publica), as well as in the private corporations environment.

On the other hand, when I try to put things in perspective in our globalized society, many things hardly fit together.

Let’s explore some of what could perfectly be considered as our societies achieved KPIs:

1.- Space Race:

In slightly more than half a century, man managed to land on the moon, put a robot on Mars surface, send a telescope to space to survey the limits of the Universe.

2.- Technology:

In less than 25 years, computers left the big and cumbersome computer centres to become instant, light, cordless and ubiquitous devices integrated in mobile telephone handsets. Not to mention the evolution Internet underwent in the past 15 years.

3.- Travel:

France and Great Britain were capable to develop an airplane that in spite of having proved being unsustainable, actually revolutionised commercial air travel. The path was lit for the future and quite next space travel and tourism.

4.- Weaponry:

Either ground, sea or air machines, reached a state-of-the-art that ranges from unmanned drone planes, to stealth sea battle ships. Missiles have also been part of an amazing evolution both in power and in guidance technology.

5.-GPS

I’m listing it separately for maybe it’s one of the most unexpected leaks from military technology to everyday life.  We can now position ourselves no matter where in the world we are, and send our position through our mobiles to all our friends, as well as locate our pictures with a precision equal to that of NASA.

6.- Webcams:

Altogether with many of the KPIs above, I choose webcams not for the simple fact that you could broadcast your life in real time into the WWW, but mainly because through them, we could be in position to see almost ANYTHING WE’D WANT TO. And if we can’t, it’s not due to a technological issue.

I’m sure that any of you who will read this post, being in the industry that you are, will be able to make a more exhaustive and thorough list of the respective cutting-edge breakthroughs.

However, I wish someone could explain to me in the most rational terms, how all the previous magnificent achievements of man, match with the following chronologically ordered facts and how no one could prevent/foresee them in time:

1.- 911 attacks to WTC and Pentagon

2.- Enron/Arthur Andersen crisis

3.- Lehman Brothers bankruptcy

4.- Global financial synchronic crisis

Any CEO in the world, who failed to obtain acceptable results as per in the objectives of the company (not to say show losses) in a balance sheet, would be – correct me if I’m wrong – fired immediately, no matter what.

So how is it that nobody was held responsible for the occurrence of those big four failures of the “most secure” both military and financial systems in the world?

How many organisms have accountability in the above facts?

Why is it that apparently, we have to believe in good faith, that all of them were unpredictable events?

Why do we believe so?

Don’t YOU have ANY questions?

6 Responses to “KPIs (Key Performance Indicators)”

  1. lakittywoo Says:

    Con tu permiso, comparto en facebook. Plas, plas, plas, plas.

  2. The Translator Says:

    It’s funny coz not so long ago I’ve quit Facebook and went for 40 days to the desert looking for answers to almost the same questions you’re stating here. And it was the same day I discovered your blog! And I still haven’t found what I’m looking for! Ok, I’ll add a question here: How far would we be right now from using Politicsbook?

    • I’m awfully sorry you haven’t found the answers to your questions neither in the desert, nor in my blog. I assume, goes without saying, that Facebook showed even less chances.
      Re your last question, I might need to go myself too to the desert. ‘Cos, who knows?

      • The Translator Says:

        Good news is that finding your blog helped me a lot with the “go to the desert” decision. I don’t remember quite well but your post went about a blueprint of this famous architect and that there’s an architectural way of thinking about whatever… It was a kind of epiphany, I tell you. I’m not joking at all.

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