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January 17: Focus on the inputs, measure the outputs
At Amazon, leaders focus on improving input metrics.
Focus on the inputs, measure the outputs
“Senior leaders that are new to Amazon are often surprised by how little time we spend discussing actual financial results or debating projected financial outputs... We believe that focusing our energy on the controllable inputs to our business is the most effective way to maximize financial outputs over time.” - Jeff Bezos
Most leaders and businesses focus on output metrics and aim to improve them. At Amazon, leaders focus on improving input metrics instead.
Input metrics (e.g., selection, price, app store rating, page loading time) are factors that can be controlled and changed.
Output metrics (e.g., profit, customer retention, app downloads) are the outcomes that a business wants to achieve.
For example, if you’re trying to lose weight, inputs are diet (calories per day) and exercise (workouts per week) which result in an output of weight loss (weight).
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