Our previous post shared insights and steps for developing a high performance culture. However, an important prerequisite to launching such an initiative is to conduct an organizational assessment, which most often helps leaders think differently about options and opportunities.
A good first step in this assessment is to develop an opportunity matrix. As you may know, this type of matrix is used for numerous purposes, ranging from evaluating an organizations strengths and opportunities for growth or improvement, to identifying the best markets to pursue or products to launch.
In this case, the matrix can help you evaluate your organization’s strengths and best opportunities for achieving a high performance culture. Specific steps will include:
- Gather input (facts and data) from people at all levels of the organization
- Assess skill levels
- Observe work flow to identify the bottlenecks and eddies
- Search expansively for opportunities and focus analytically on metrics and methods
- Create a comprehensive summary of your findings and, based on the data, identify the best opportunities for achieving the desired cultural shifts