How’s business? Everything on track to achieve all your goals? Or are you facing a few challenges? And if you are facing challenges how do you know where to focus your effort?
Businesses and the environment in which they operate are evolving at an increasing rate so the challenges they face are constantly changing.
We’ve created a survey to help you understand the health of your organisation; helping you identify its strengths and weaknesses so that you can focus your effort into the most relevant area of your business.
Peace of mind. It’s as simple as that. This survey gives you an independent overview of the health of your business so that you can stop worrying about it and focus on what will make a difference to your business.
And the more people that complete the survey in your business, the better because confidence in the findings increases and people get more engaged in dealing with the challenges when they’re asked for their opinion.
Once you start putting steps in place to address the challenges the survey can also be used periodically to track progress.
How does it work?
Businesses and the environments in which they operate are complex so there are numerous models like the Galbraith Star Model or Holonic Enterprise Model and measurement approaches such as European Foundation for Quality Management or the Baldrige Award.
They all have different pros and cons and can used for very large complex organisations but none of them are applicable to all businesses, so we’ve developed a simple pragmatic approach based on 3 key factors: direction, design and dynamics – each with their own sub-factors:
1. Direction: Where are we going and why?
1.1. Purpose: The reason an organisation exists – its vision and mission.
1.2. Strategy: High level approaches to move the organisation towards achieving its purpose.
1.3. Plans: The “who”, “what” and “when” of the business.
1.4. Customer needs: How do we serve our customers? Which of their pain points do we relieve?
2. Design: How do we organise ourselves to achieve our direction?
2.1. Process: What tasks need to be done in what order to satisfy business objectives?
2.2. Structure: How do we structure ourselves to carry out the processes necessary to satisfy customer needs?
2.3.Systems: The tools needed to support delivery of our offering as effectively as possible – such as CRM and ERP.
3. Dynamics: How does it feel to work for and with our organisation?
3.1. Values: Which behaviours are important to us?
3.2. Beliefs: Conscious and unconscious ideas that motivate our behaviour.
3.3. Teams: The foundation for high-performing teams.
Each of these is briefly described below
An inspirational, clear and well communicated sense of direction including purpose, strategy, plans and customer needs is essential for success; playing an important part in guiding and prioritising organisational effort.
A clear organisational purpose sets out its reason for existing – the change in the world it aims to bring about (“Vision”), and the “Big Hairy Audacious Goal” required to deliver this vision (the “Mission”). This helps customers and investors to understand and “buy in” to what the organisation does. It inspires and motivates current and future employees. And it informs strategy, forcing focus and alignment on hard decisions and the prioritisation of resources.
Strategy is a description of how your organisation will “win”, or prevail, given the circumstances it finds itself in – the next steps in delivering its vision. A strategy describes the activities which must be achieved to seize opportunities and overcome challenges.
Planning is the detailed process of fleshing out the activities required to deliver the strategy – who will do what, by when. This demonstrates that the resources are available to deliver the strategy and provides a framework to hold employees accountable for delivery. It identifies risks and dependencies, and it helps the organisation to execute effectively.
1.4. Customer needs
Identifying customer needs and expressing them in a value proposition allows the organisation to understand how its products and services meet those needs. This is required for marketing to generate demand for products and services, and for sales to convert that demand into paying customers. It drives product-market fit within product design and development, and it also provides an impetus for new product and service development.
Organisational design is a holistic approach to designing an organisations’ processes, structure and systems to achieve its direction and dynamics aims. The design needs to be able to adapt to present and future changes from inside and outside the organisation, ensuring optimal experiences for both customers, employees and other stakeholders.
Business processes are a collection of linked tasks that, once completed, accomplish specific organisational objectives. These processes should all contribute directly or indirectly to the value of a customer product or service. The degree to which they need to be formalised and embedded in electronic systems such as Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems is determined by the nature of the work being done, legislation and customer expectations.
Organisational structures determine how people are organised to work; tasks are allocated to roles which are related to each other in arrangements such as functional, divisional, matrix and flat structures. These structures determine how roles relate to each other to coordinate work and the mechanisms used to motivate people. All aspects of the structure need to be aligned with organisational values to ensure maximum effectiveness.
Systems are the infrastructure necessary to carry out business processes. These are increasingly technology enabled, particularly where increased productivity and repeatability are required but paper-based systems are still used in some organisations. Some electronic systems such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) attempt to support processes in several functional areas of an organisation and some such as Customer Relationship Management (CRM) are more focussed.
Dynamics or culture describes how it feels when people and groups work together and relate to each other inside and outside the organisation. It is a result of several factors inside the organisation including vision, structure, systems, values and beliefs and outside the organisation and needs to be aligned with organisational direction and design. This is the most important and complex aspect of design as it has a significant impact on performance, motivation, creativity and includes unconscious human motivations and feedback loops.
Organisational purpose and values contain the key aspirations that drive employee engagement and performance in organisations. Values describe how the people in an organisation aspire to treat each other and the world around them. Values need to be aligned with organisational direction and modelled by leadership if they are to become behavioural norms in an organisation.
Beliefs are conscious and unconscious ideas that motivate behaviour. Inspiring individuals to adopt an organisation’s values in place of some of their own beliefs is one of the most complex challenges of leadership and requires leaders to live the values authentically and put mechanisms in place to reinforce adoption.
While groups can choose from numerous values to influence and express their unique social and psychological environment one value has been shown to be key to establishing the psychological safety foundations required for effective performance in today’s complex and rapidly evolving world: TRUST.
What do I need to do?
Simply click on this link and for ten minutes of your time we will tell you which factors are likely to be holding you back.
There are 20 questions and for each question, we’d also like to know how you rate your organisation and how important the issue is to you.
All responses are confidential, and your data will be kept securely and not shared with any other parties.