Is your organization poised for rapid growth? Many of us work for organizations that have excellent business prospects and strong strategic advantages. In addition, we may have great people in place who will help us reach our goals. The stars are aligned and we have the resources to move ahead. The only thing that can stop us now – is us. As long as we innovate and execute, we will win!

Is your organization and culture in shape to innovate and execute? Here is a quick diagnostic tool to help you find out. By answering these six questions, you can get a feel for how well you can innovate and execute in order to reach your near and long term goals. Here is how it works:

Rate your organization on a scale of 1-5 (1 being poor, 5 being great):

  1. In the last 12 months, our organization (company, division, department) has significantly improved productivity.
  2. In the last 12 months we have made significant improvements to our processes.
  3. In the last 12 months we have significantly improved the features of our products/services.
  4. We have a reputation for being very efficient in our organization.
  5. We have a reputation for consistency.
  6. We have a reputation for delivering superior results.

Add your scores. If the total is 10 or less, you need big help. 11-15, you are on life support. 16-20 there is hope. 21-25 is very good. 26-30 and you are in great shape.

The first three questions relate to cultural innovation (future success), and the last three to execution (current performance) capabilities. This is a simplistic diagnostic tool adapted and borrowed from a CSHRM presentation by Kurt Southam. Southam is a consultant and author with deep experience and expertise in organizational culture development. He shared his definition of culture as “what people do in the absence of supervision”, and described culture as the ‘operating system’ for an organization.

Southam made a compelling case for addressing cultural shortcomings with statistical support from mountains of data, and numerous studies. He described these four cultural attributes as impactful on business results:

  1. Self-Direction
  2. Open Dialogue and Communications
  3. Universal Accountability
  4. Influential Leadership

With these four attributes in place, Southam indicates that innovation improves more than 100%, execution by 91% and bottom line results by much more. Compelling indeed.

Culture change is not easy, and will likely be a journey over months if not years. The positive impacts of successful culture change on innovation, execution and bottom line results, though, can be tremendous. It is certainly worth two minutes to determine our starting point.

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