Welcome to the November 2009 issue of Alignment Solutions! Here are this month’s highlights:
• If you are interested in learning about low- or no-cost techniques to increase employee engagement, you may want to listen to the recording of our free one-hour teleseminar called How to Engage Employees NOW and Retain Them Later – No Matter What Industry You’re In. Click here to access the recording.
• Are you wondering how to set priorities so your organization can operate effectively? If so, you may be interested in my free interview series called Deft Decisions in Chaotic Conditions: How Experts Create Order from Turmoil. I have been compiling priority-setting advice from a wide range of experts, including first responders (e.g., those in law enforcement and emergency aid) and non-first responders (e.g., small business turnaround expert). The entire series of 30-minute interviews will be available on my web site shortly. For a preview of the advice from these experts, please see this month’s Business Solutions article.
• Given the overwhelming demand for help with coping with the new workplace realities, I have developed a teleseminar series called Organizational Renaissance™ that is designed to provide practical tools and techniques to help you work effectively and minimize the consequences of the short-term, economic downturn-driven decisions. Although we are more than halfway through this seven-part series, it’s not too late to join us! Click here for more information.
This month’s theme is “Organizational Renaissance™.” What I mean by this term is the process of making a conscious choice about what your organization is doing, how and why it is doing what is has chosen, and then embarking on the journey to achieve this vision. I invite you to read this month’s Feature Article for information about how this concept can help your organization thrive. The other two articles this month support this theme by discussing ways to help you prioritize workplace and personal decisions.
The Feature Article, “Organizational Renaissance: Choosing to Thrive Rather than Survive,” points out the unique opportunity to re-create your organization for sustained success, and identifies six critical success factors for doing so.
In “7 Elements for Setting Priorities Successfully,” the Business Solutions section lists seven common themes identified by experts in setting, aligning, and implementing priorities.
In the Personal Solutions section, “Do You Make Your Passion a Priority?” we share what may be an unsettling perspective on setting priorities, and we list six suggestions to help you get started in examining your priorities.
I invite you to visit my web site at www.BusinessAlignmentStrategies.com and my blog at www.OptimizeBusinessResults.com to find other articles and resources that may be of value to you and your colleagues. I welcome your feedback!
Organizational Renaissance™: Choosing to Thrive Rather than Survive
The economic downturn has provided an unprecedented opportunity for organizations to engage in intense self-examination and really identify who they are - and who they are not. I use the term Organizational Renaissance™ to describe the process of (1) taking a close look at what organizations are doing, how they are doing it, and why they are doing it, and then (2) either re-affirming the path they are on or choosing a new one. Renaissance may be defined as a renewal of life or interest, a re-birth. Used here, the term Organizational Renaissance™ is meant to describe a process that goes beyond merely restoring a previous (pre-recession) state; instead it defines an ascent to a much higher level of performance. At this point in time, the term aptly describes the choice facing organizations today: will they take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity created by the economic downturn to examine their purpose and act on their findings, or will they allow it to pass them by? Will they choose to thrive in the coming years, or will they settle for mere survival?
Although executives and business owners may choose to undergo the Organizational Renaissance™ process at any time, current economic conditions have provided a unique opportunity for change. Here’s why: most individuals understand that because the way we do business has been altered drastically, workplaces necessarily have undergone substantial changes. As a result, while they don’t like many or most of the adjustments that have resulted from the economic uncertainties, employees are less resistant to workplace changes than they have been in the past. For this reason, now is the time to examine closely the organization’s mission and vision as well as its operating processes and procedures.
However, the current window of opportunity is closing quickly: by the time the economy turns around, it will have slammed shut. That is, as conditions begin to improve, many employees are likely to conclude – albeit incorrectly – that “business as usual” has been restored, and that previous conditions and practices will return as well. Thus the flexibility and understanding they have exhibited will disappear, past positions again will become entrenched, and employees will be very resistant to change.
What this scenario means is that right now you truly have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to purposefully examine who you are as an organization and how you want to operate, and to implement changes that will determine the future of the organization – all with a relatively low degree of resistance.
If you are serious about seizing the current short-term opportunity to focus on elements that will enable you to engage in your own Organizational Renaissance™, you may want to consider six critical success factors that will help your organization thrive. While these factors do require changes in behavior, they can be implemented with little or no financial cost.
1. Fully successful employees