What is greatness in an Organization? It goes way beyond good figures and a solid bottom line, important as these are. Greatness in an organization can be seen in its outstanding performance in terms of people, potential, transparency, agency, governance, lived values and sustainability, all of which will be reflected in its unique, individual culture.
So, if you know you work for a good organization or company and want it to evolve into greatness, how do you go about this?
First, it is important to take stock of the strengths upon which you can build. What do you do particularly well? Which special features create an enabling, innovative and productive environment? Are you good at finding the right people for key tasks, in motivating, training and reinforcing them, in applying the right skills at the right time? Can your teams take autonomous decisions, including on investments for their work? Or do you perhaps have a culture in which all employees contribute to identifying and living up to a set of common values?
Once you are clear about where your strongest strengths are, examining your biggest weaknesses is the next step. Where are the greatest challenges to transparency in the organization? Are there areas of operation which are unsustainable (either in their nature or in how they are currently working)? Is the real potential in your activity being attained or what is holding you back?
After that, clarifying the risks is very important: does a genuine commitment to good governance permeate the organization? Do you succeed in enabling sufficient transparency that problems and failures can be detected before they do harm?
But how to carry out such an analysis, particularly in times when those who can are working from home and many others are in maintenance mode? One way is to complete a self-assessment such as the one offered by www.straturity.com. This can very quickly clarify the current situation and help you prioritize your steps to attain greatness!