Organizational performance Basics
Organizational performance encompasses more than simply whether the organization achieved its goals and objectives. It also captures how well the organization functions internally in the process of meeting those goals and objectives. It considers if and how growth, contribution, and adaptative learning moved the organization towards a better future-state. It measures progress toward vision.
Purpose, Growth & Evolution
There are three fundamental truths that define every successful organization - they have meaningful Purpose, they are intentional about Growth, and they understand that sustainability requires continual Evolution to meet the needs of those they serve, both in and outside of the organization. As we delve into organizational performance, we must recognize these three cornerstones, as well as the spaces where they overlap and connect because these things represent .......
Purpose is at the very heart of strategy design and operational excellence. An organization’s purpose defines where we came from, where we want to go and why others should care. Purpose is more than just a future measure of success in monetary terms, it must speak to the contribution the organization seeks to make both to the people who serve within it and those it seeks to serve.
Growth is not just about revenue, but includes deepening cores, expanding capabilities, and measurable impact on vision. How, what, and when we need to grow is dictated largely by market needs/wants and industry evolution. As we maintain focus externally, growth also requires intentionality with growing internal human resources and capabilities.
Evolution is about perpetuating the organization so that we can continue pursuing purpose and fulfilling vision. This requires continual navigation to see how well our strategy is working and to spot changes in the external environment so that we can adapt accordingly, all the while staying in alignment with purpose.
When we thread the needle through purpose, growth, and evolution to reveal top priorities in how we deploy resources to execute strategy - we call these areas of overlap the Vital Juncture. It establishes the context needed to maintain equilibrium and links it all together in a symbiotic. Vitju is the catalyst for aligning the organization, creating the focus and intent required for performance excellence and long-term organizational success.
6 Attributes of Organizational Performance Excellence
Aspiration is how we define our cause – the reason that the entity exists - a reason so compelling it speaks to clients, customers, partners, stakeholders, employees, and bystanders alike.
Alignment tests how well our people, assets, and resources are deployed to support progress towards that reason. Both are core attributes that support defining and delivering on Purpose.
Intelligence is the depth and breadth of data and analysis relevant to capabilities, resource allocation, and market drivers.
Decisiveness is tied to the timeliness and effectiveness of strategic decisions made based on that analysis. It is the depth of understanding and intentional action that are the key attributes of successful organizational growth.
Navigation recognizes that no matter how well we plan, there is no predicting the future. Once the plan is launched, how well we monitor its performance is critical to success.
Adaptation is the ability to anticipate, communicate and effectively manage change consistently and in alignment with vision.
These six attributes define sustainable performance and create a holistic system of perpetual learning, improvement, longevity and mission success. Each one is intricately connected to the Essential Strategy foundation, and through the vitju.