Getting Optimized—Strategic Navel-Gazing

Getting Optimized—Strategic Navel-Gazing

The first step to getting optimized involves getting zen.

While every organization faces different optimization challenges, there’s a tried and proven process that works if you’re willing to commit to it. The first step, and one of the most vital, is a strategic “inner-look.”

Individual people, from the CEO down to process-level workers, probably know their part of the company really well, even if they’re not sure what the rest of the organization needs. You’ll need to find out what’s going on in every level of your organization, not just the people in your immediate circle. Doing so provides a holistic look at the company and gives you more information about exactly what to be done. Each area of your organization may require a different strategy to become optimized, but there may also be one overarching issue that prevents your employees–and the company–from reaching optimal performance.

Talk with people at the C-Level, in the executive corps, the sales force and on down the line. Find out what’s working, what’s not and what can be done to make it better. Look for the things people grumble about and listen carefully to their recommendations, especially if they tell you things you don’t want to hear. You’ll also want to think hard about what you “don’t hear” and why. Critiques about ourselves, performance or processes are often the hardest to digest–but they are also the ones that are most likely to keep us from becoming fully optimized.

We’ll cover the next few steps in the coming weeks, but you don’t have to wait. You’ll find the full process in our latest quick-reading parathink briefing: Organizational Optimization: How to re-energize, recharge and reinvigorate your business. Click here to get your copy now.

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