Here’s what the authors say:Organizational ImmaturityAn organization may have been around for ayear or a century, but age doesn’t determine itslevel of maturity.
Here’s what the authors say:Organizational ImmaturityThe best consultant in the world can’t change animmature organization (even by using ‘changemanagement’) because the culture will resist innumerous covert ways.
Here’s what the authors say:Failure to assess maturity firstWith tools provided in this book, leaders,managers and other stakeholders candetermine the maturity level of theirdepartment or organization and identifypotential areas for improvement beforehiring a consultant.It involves assessing whether theorganization has and depends on a smallnumber of ‘heroes’ to get things donewhen the going gets tough. Is it addictedto constantly working in crisis mode? Hasthe organization been able to build orfollow a multi-year strategic plan?
Here’s what the authors say:ChampionsWhen all attempts have failed, you can stillhelp people in your organization wrestle withthe immaturities that are holding it back,sabotaging change.
Here’s what the authors say:ChampionsAfter conducting a maturity assessment, share and discuss theresults openly. Such discussion will turn up a number ofpeople who strongly believe in one or more types ofimprovements, and those people can be your champions forintroducing small doses of change at the grass roots level.
What should champions consider? The workers We call this part the ‘Engagement Ring.’ You have to marry employee wants with employer needs. Find champions who believe in training and professional development plans.
What should champions consider? Professional Development Plans Plans can be built from job descriptions (not based on the person currently filling the role, but on what tasks need to be completed and at what skill levels). These development plans then provide an objective way to conduct performance reviews. Note: performance reviews are either conducted poorly or not at all in immature organizations.
What should champions consider? Mature Behaviors A list of mature behaviors that champions can explore, such as project management, process improvements, policy development, strategic planning. Here it’s important to conduct an annual assessment to keep an eye on which pockets within the organization are maturing and how wide the pocket is spreading.
What should champions consider? Metrics As the organization makes great strides in becoming mature, champions can help explore the proper use of metrics.
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