How many times have you asked yourself these questions, or questions like them?
Many see organizational effectiveness (also known as organizational development) as the group that helps other teams in an organization to perform as optimally as possible. They play a critical role in bettering organizations.
However, true organizational effectiveness occurs when actions, behaviors, processes and culture are aligned with its mission and vision. The actions by the OE group need to build teams towards such alignment.
Alignment to mission and vision impacts how the strategic plan is developed. It drives belief in leadership, communication across levels and teams, creativity and empowerment. People hold themselves more accountable to what they do and hold others accountable to act in accordance with the mission.
Alignment minimizes ego, allowing employees to appreciate and strive towards the grander vision. There’s less bureaucracy. Best practices are fostered because the sole goal is to learn and get better. Performance metrics are not only tied to short term goals, but are intimately connected with the higher purpose of your organization.
So, what might be better questions to ask yourself, as a leader, to assess whether your organization is truly effective? Here are some to consider.
All organizations, and by extension, all people, slip into making decisions that solely connect with short-term implications. Decisions that take into account medium and long-term consequences still don’t usually go far enough to take into consideration mission and vision, which is addressed in this post about Wells Fargo. However, more aligned organizations are able to manage those instances better and stay on course towards greater performance.
Once you understand the right questions to ask and start moving down the path to the proper answers, consider how you will measure the impact on alignment to your mission, vision and strategic plan as well as your key performance metrics.
Truly effective organizations, and engaged employees are aligned to the WHY of your organization.