Reference table for (seven) success and failure levels

What to read first: Degrees of success and failure

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All outcomes are understood as the point reached at the end of the planning period.

Reference table for seven success and failure levels
Success/Failure level Organisational view back from the end of the period Brainstorming seed (complete the sentence) Criteria for outcome pictures (include picture if and only if…) Expected conjunction between outcome pictures in a cell
Far better than expected The unit was never expected to bring this kind of boost to the organisation. Over the year, the unit achieved a lasting improvement to the organisation’s success by … The picture is something that would make a lasting improvement to the organisation’s success level beyond the work unit’s function. OR
(can coexist with other overall outcomes, down to partial success)
Excellence The unit should just keep it coming, this is what we want. Over the year, the unit achieved a lasting improvement to the organisation’s success by … The year was successful, and beyond that, the unit can also be credited with … OR
(as long as all success outcomes are also achieved)
Success The unit should continue on course, and try to improve. The year-end unit outcome must at least include … The picture is one of outcomes that the unit must deliver. AND
Qualified Success The unit should carry on, but avoid repeating that ‘qualification’ next year. While we can call the unit’s year successful, the unit must also acknowledge … The picture is an outcome that would have to be mentioned alongside achieving the unit’s success outcome(s). OR (AND may also work)
Partial Success The unit needs to focus on those weak areas, and consider necessary changes. The year included some successes, but also … The picture represents a shortfall (relative to the success outcome) with an impact beyond the unit objectives;

or

represents any unplanned negative outcome from the unit’s role that would offset the organisational value of any success.

OR
Failure Something about the unit or its manager must change fundamentally. The minimal requirements were not met for … (Answers can echo the identified Success requirements).

also

Any successes in the unit function were neutralised or negated by …

The overall picture includes very little or nothing in the success outcome;

or

represents any unplanned negative outcome of the unit’s role that the organisation would see as neutralising or negating any success that had been delivered.

OR
Worst imaginable The organisation should never have started on the path that led to the unit as it became. The organisation regrets having set out on the path leading to what the unit did (or allowed to happen) during the year, which included … The picture shows one of the worst outcomes that could conceivably arise within the unit’s function if the unit had been grossly negligent, or had been working actively against the organisation. OR

Parent articles

Degrees of success and failure

Degrees of success and failure are possible on each objective. Aim to get three levels of success and four more levels of failure. The levels of success and failure are how the organisation will see the unit outcomes for the year, not how you see them. The pre-defined levels of success and failure can disappear after you have specific pictures of success and failure for each objective. The pre-defined levels of success and failure are not themselves a scale for consequence or impact.

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