Getting People On (Or Off) the Bus in Your Organization
When he began the monumental research project that eventually became Good to Great, Jim Collins expected to find that the first step to becoming a truly great company was to create a new vision, strategy, and overall direction for the organization, and then get the executive team aligned with (and committed to) moving in that direction. But his research showed the exact opposite, as he recalls, “The executives who ignited the transformations from good to great did not first figure out where to drive the bus and then get people to take it there. No, they first got the right people on the bus (and the wrong people off the bus) and then figured out where to drive it.”
Organizational Trust Index™ (OTI™)
Trust is the foundation of all human interactions, and the cornerstone upon which high-performing organizational cultures are built. Trust is often thought of in terms of individual people and one-on-one relationships, for example we trust our coworkers, direct reports, or our boss. But unlike trusting individuals, the interdependent actions and interactions of structures, systems, and culture can reach a level of combinatorial complexity where the “system” takes on a life of its own independent of the day-to-day actions and interactions of individual managers and staff members. The degree to which people either trust the structures, systems, and culture of the organization they work in, or fear them is a “window” into the underlying patterns of behavior, belief structure, and tacit assumptions that constitute an organization’s culture. The OTI™ also quantifies what a lack of organizational trust may be costing you in squandered time and energy – hidden costs that don’t appear in traditional financial accounting systems.
Just click on the link above, complete the questions in 3-4 minutes, and your free Organizational Trust Index™ report will be sent directly to you. This is the first step to helping your organization get better results through diagnosis. Go to http://www.breckenridgeinstitute.com/oti.htm for more information on the OTI™.
Organizational Focus Indicator™ (OFI™)
The Organizational Focus Indicator™ (OFI™) measures key indicators of the degree to which your organization is either externally focused on producing results, outputs, and meeting customer needs, or internally focused on the structures, systems, people, and internal operations needed to meet those needs. The OFI™ also quantifies what your organization’s level of external or internal focus may be costing you in squandered time and energy – hidden costs that don’t appear in traditional financial accounting systems.
Just click on the link above, complete the questions in 3-4 minutes, and your free Organizational Focus Indicator™ report will be sent directly to you. This is the first step to helping your organization get better results through diagnosis. Go to http://www.breckenridgeinstitute.com/ofi.htm for more information on the OFI™.
HBR Editor’s Blog
Every month, the senior editors of the Harvard Business Review (HBR) invite internationally recognized organizational theorists and practitioners to raise issues and answer questions about leadership and management issues on the HBR Editor’s Blog. This month, we provide Pinnacle readers with links to two important and interesting discussions (see below).
John Kotter, To Win Over Dissenters (and Everyone Else), Show Some Respect
Umair Haque, The Shape of the Meaning Organization
We encourage you to join the conversation on the HBR Editor’s Blog and voice your opinions, commentary, and insights on these and other important topics.
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||Mark Bodnarczuk’s book, Making Invisible Bureaucracy Visible: A Guide to Assessing and Changing Organizational Culture is available at on-line world-wide at locations like Amazon.com.
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