The Advantage – Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business!
There is a competitive advantage out there, questionably more powerful than any other. Is it superior strategy? Smarter employees? Faster innovation? No…
Best-selling author, Patrick Lencioni, states that the pivotal difference between successful companies and mediocre ones has little to do with what they know, and/or how smart they are, and more to do with how healthy they are. In his book The Advantage, Lencioni brings together his vast experience, and the essence cultivated in his other best-selling books to create a cohesive and comprehensive exploration of the unique advantage organizational health provides. I completely conquer.
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Success Point: A healthy company can still be messy and imperfect, to include arguing at times, making mistakes, and trying things that don’t work.
I Have a Question: …and at this point, I’m not asking you to answer me, answer this for yourself.
Q – Do you consider your company to be healthy?
Yes, I consider my company healthy.
Let’s See…Can You Clearly Answer These Questions
Q1. What is the purpose of your organization, is it still a part of how you operate the organization?
Q2. What is the purpose of each position holder in your organization, from the leader to the technician?
When the purpose of your organization is clear, shared and connected to the purpose of your leadership, management, and team members daily tasks…you’ll find a company that has chosen to take the 1st of 5 crucial steps toward being a healthy organization.
Even after many years, I still get surprised by what I see in the companies I work with. Some of that surprise is just a function of not staying in touch with your purpose or not having a clear direction in what’s intended or expected. Other times the purpose is fragmented because it’s not shared or not used as a gauge to steer the company.
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Q3. If your team was asked if there is a working plan or system, what would they say?
Q4. Would these same team members say “yes” to being overwhelmed and/or in a reactive mode from day to day?
Q5. If you took a general evaluation of your team, do they appear shut down or unmotivated?
Q6. If you took a reading of new and/or existing clients, are they suspicious and/or adversarial?
Q7. Do they feel like a commodity or disposable in any way?
If you answered yes to two or more questions, this is a clear sign of an opportunity to improve the health of your organization. Ok, just so we’re clear, I’m not talking about perfection or cleaning up a mess down the road. I’m talking about moving out of the way, what’s in the way, so you and your team can have a fun, happy, efficient and effective environment.
Stay Tuned – Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll dive into how to turn this around, sharing how to connect with your team in a way that creates an alignment that causes everything to grow and everyone to win.
FAQ – “You may ask”:
- How can someone who’s not in the upper levels of their organization make an impact on its health?
- You can make a huge difference! We’ll share how in the next couple of weeks.