Management, Measurement & Metrics

By: Gary Lawrence, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at AECOM
Jun 4, 2014 10:00 AM ET
Campaign: Thought Leadership
Check out the latest Environmental Leader article by AECOM's Gary Lawrence, chief sustainability officer.

I’m sorry to trot out the old chestnut about “what gets measured is what gets managed,” but this last week has been a trying game of numbers for me. As I head toward the weekend, I am once again forced to question the utility of so much of what we spend our time measuring.

From where we are standing today, the key questions are:

  • How do we make economic progress without destroying the natural, life-sustaining resource base necessary for that progress?
  • How do we achieve progress for all rather than progress for just a few?
  • How do we address the real issues of our time: poverty alleviation, infectious disease, famine and civil strife?

For Gary's perspective on how to address these key questions, check out his latest Environmental Leader article.

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