RSL Consulting Group, LLC & Quantum Voyage, Inc., introduce the 7 Principles of Organizational Longevity and Integrity, a proven process for ensuring the viability of your enterprise.
A client of ours attended a workshop at an industry meeting recently, in which the presenter asked all those who had a written system of goals for their organization to stand up. Of the 400+ attendees, 37% stood. Of that 37%, about half took their seats when the presenter further asked, “How many of you have shared those goals with your people?”
By my rough calculation, about 150 organization leaders out of 400 had written goals, and 75 shared those goals with those in their organizations that “make it happen” every day. And then the remiss leaders want to know why they're not making the progress that they would like to make. Sad commentary on the state of organizational planning and communication.
7 Principles of Organizational Longevity and Integrity.
Our formula is simple because its based on a set of generalized principles with universal application:
- Articulate a Vision that is a “paint by the numbers” picture of what you want your organization to look like at some reasonable future point in time. (3 to 5 years works well).
- Formulate a multi-dimensional strategy that can effectively support realization of that Vision. (Strategic commitments can be made regarding products, markets, technology, financial returns, etc.)
- Create an organizationally pervasive system of clearly defined, executable goals which are aligned so that the achievement of each leads to or contributes to the achievement of its parent, or higher level goal.
- Build an organizational structure that removes organizational performance roadblocks, facilitates goal directed communication, managerial support for those most closely connected to the customer/client, and allows for rapid modification of job responsibilities that takes into account the impact of actual results.
- Exhaustively clarify performance expectations for each position within the organization; and implement an objective system of appraising this performance so that people always know how they are doing in comparison to their agreed to outcomes.
- Fill each position in your organizational structure with the most qualified performers, replacing incumbents with candidates from the outside, where appropriate.
- Initiate a program of continuous professional and personal development for your people at all levels in the organization.
The details of implementation within each of these seven principles address the varying needs of disparate organizations across industry lines. This is the beauty of generalized principles with universal application.