This is where you are, but...
THIS is where you WANT to be...
We find ourselves re-doing our strategic plan or project plans every year but we don't consistently execute.
People are not working as a team.
Execution and refinement follows planning.
Increased cross-functional collaboration and communication.
Higher degrees of participation from all members, at all levels.
Less "failure work;" problems solved the first time.
People within and between departments are not communicating well.
Creativity and synergy are poor or non-existent.
Employee morale is down; absenteeism and attrition are up.
Higher and more consistent communication and morale.
A high level of creativity and discovery are generated.
The benefits of diverse thinking and multiple perspectives are captured.
Valued staff and customers are retained.
Customer retention rates are sliding due to loss of key employees and our directional changes.
Improved image of company or division within industry or community.
New ideas and solutions to solve difficult problems.
Current systems and processes are generally less than optimal.
People seem paralyzed about what steps to take next.
People have initiative and take action.
A professional, safe and encouraging work environment exists for all.
People feel safe to challenge the status quo; existing beliefs about how the organization works and new ideas about how to improve the organization are stimulated.
Discussions on positive change and finding creative solutions to new problems occur formally and informally.
The focus is on maintaining a learning organization approach.
Problem diagnosis, problem solving and decision making are meager (or worse).
Alternative solutions to problems may be found.
Individual and organizational problem solving and decision making skills are significantly improved.
Few, if any, creative ideas are being generated.
Consistent innovation is the norm.
Creativity is sparked because people from all levels are contributing their best efforts and working as a team.
The rumor mill, politics and misperceptions are impeding business functions.
Individuals and departments stop having turf battles.
All work is focused toward organization & department objectives.
People learn how to articulate and clarify their positions, so that individual and group performance improves.
Meetings, evaluations and team building scenarios are short-lived or have become nightmares.
People grasp the issues, become aligned around a common purpose, and create new directions with full understanding of the dangers and opportunities.
Broad participation quickly identifies performance gaps and their solutions, improving communication and productivity.
Momentum is consistent toward individual and organizational goals.