“It’s amazing what we can accomplish when we don’t care who gets the credit.”
Harry Truman, 33rd president of the United States of America
Covey’s bellwether, 7 habits of Highly Effective People suggests that organizations build structure based on sequential timeless principles, the result of which will create a culture with an “upward open-ended spiral” of personal growth and marketplace influence. The sequential nature leads to the concept that from a character (mission) perspective, that “Internal Victories precede External Victories”
The EDCs Internal Victory focus continues to be on process wins that are hard to measure, such as Board Development (not be confused with revenue creation) and building integrity-based relationships with the Public Sector, Industry Trade Associations, regional and State Economic Development Organizations (EDO’s) and Chambers of Commerce, rather than typical Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s).
The decision to resist typical EDO KPI metrics, such as business visits made, events attended, jobs created, projects completed, and dollars invested has added to our success in two ways. First it has allowed us to focus building collaborative relationships and second has removed unnecessary competition for KPI’s among other regional EDOs and revenue sources for member driven Trade Associations and Chambers.
Like most EDO’s we do not charge for the services that we provide for job procuring companies. We are mission driven and value added focused, not member driven.