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Category: Business Assessment

Assessing Your Organization for High Performance

All organizations are perfectly designed to get the results they get.

How clear is the direction of your company right now? How well do you understand the critical opportunities and steps needed to take your company to the next level? How well does your team understand the strengths and weaknesses of the business? How effective are changes in only one part of your organization without understanding or considering changes to the whole?

The assessment of an organization’s health and the diagnosis of problems must precede any development or change of plans to improve the health of that organization. If you want to improve your business, you must first find out what it working and what is not working. This allows you to make intelligent and conscious decisions about how to improve it.

When starting a business most people do not aspire to achieve mediocrity. One would hope to start a business and be the best at something, right? A bakery store may want to be know for the best donuts in town, an insurance company would want the reputation of being able to offer the best policies to their clients and save the most money, a car dealership hopes to be the one place that everyone buys and services their vehicles and so on. Most people do not go through the trouble of running a business for the sole purpose of breaking even, agreed?

Businesses are living systems, dependent upon its external environment for survival. As a living system, an organization is “open” to influences and transactions with it environment. The Transformation Model seen here provides a framework for viewing an organization as a living system. Using this model, leaders can see how the pieces of the organization fit together and then make conscious decisions about how to improve their effectiveness. The model reduces organization complexity to seven key elements: Results, Environment, Strategy, Core Process, Structure, Systems and Culture. These seven elements are viewed as a whole system of interrelated parts which must fit together and be closely coordinated if the organization is to be successful. High Performance can be built into every aspect of the business by using the model to guide a comprehensive and integrated approach to change.

The seven elements of this model form the “big picture” of the organization. The first step is to analyze and understand each of the elements in order to know what is working or not working in the organization and how the elements are affecting each other. The next step is to adjust or redesign the elements so they are better aligned to the strategy and to each other. Using this Transformation Model to analyze and realign the organization will improve key results and lead to increased effectiveness. For more information on how you can use Modlin Business Solutions to walk you through this process, fill out the contact form and someone will contact you. You can become a High Performance business with increased productivity and profitability starting today.