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# Qualitative Success Indicators of HP

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If you were the CEO of Hewlett Packard, what 3 numbers would you watch daily to test your strategy objectives and why? Be specific - only 3 numbers.

Describe examples of qualitative success indicators that would to incorporate in a strategic plan for HP

Discuss one realistic issue that could be your HP's Achilles heel.

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The 3 numbers will be:

1) Daily Sales Reports: It is the most important number for any organization to gauge the success of strategic plan because sales figures or top line revenue reports are the key indicator to judge that whether or not strategic plan is resulting in higher sales.

2) Market Share data: Market share data, although really difficult to collect on daily basis, is also an important number to look at on continuous basis to ensure that ...

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This solution describes examples of qualitative success indicators that would to incorporate in a strategic plan for HP. It provides the three numbers to monitor daily, two examples of qualitative success indicators and a realistic issue that could act as an Achilles heel.

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