People think in comparisons, so let me give you an analogy. I am a big fan of movies – old black and white ones, new ones with special effects, and most types in between. I especially like musicals. One of my favorite musical films is “West Side Story,” released in 1961. It is a retelling of Shakespeare’s tragic romance “Romeo and Juliet.” What do a Broadway musical and its subsequent film version have to do with successful enterprise performance management? Plenty. Here is the background.

Please oblige me if you are so young that you are unaware of this film or have dismissed it as a silly folly about two tough 1950s New York City street gangs – the working-class white Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks – dancing and singing. “West Side Story” has parallels to what it takes to achieve the full vision of a successful implementation of the performance management framework.

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