There is only one determinant in failure.

The only determinant is how your results squared with your objectives. That’s it, full stop.

Side note: Measuring your organization’s result against another organization’s result isn’t useful, unless your circumstances are identical and your objectives are identical. And of course, they’re not.

Bonus side note: We never fail. We either succeed or we learn. (Hat tip to anonymous.)

Dave Parker is the Founder of CauseImpact, LLC, a social purpose business he created in 1999 to help social sector nonprofit organizations identify, evaluate and optimize their social impact in innovative and sustainable ways. Mr. Parker has nearly 25 years of marketing, product development, sales and management experience. Prior to founding CauseImpact, he worked in a variety of entrepreneurial environments in the telecommunications and technology sectors.