Measure of Success - Alignment Survey
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We are gathering information to better understand the connection among elements of performance in order to better support performance enhancement. The information from this survey may be used in blog posts, as well as to inform our consulting approach. All responses are treated as confidential. We will never use names of individuals and/or organizations without prior explicit consent.
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What best describes your level in your organization?
At the top of the org chart (e.g. Executive level)
In the top 20% of the org chart (e.g. Senior management)
In the middle of the org chart
Well down in the formal decision making structure
What best describes your lens on the organization?
Big picture: focussed on overall organizational activity
Functional: focussed on one particular function that impacts the “big picture”
Niche: focussed on specific area that is a subset of a defined function
How concentrated are decision making and authority?
Leader lead: pretty much Apple under Steve Jobs
Strong senior team: like the “heads of the five families”
Decentralized: parts of the organization enjoy significant freedom to act
If asked, how easily could you relay the spirit of your organization’s stated mission (i.e. mission, vision and values, etc.)?
It’s tattooed on the inside of my eyelids
I’d be pretty close without looking
I’ll have to run to the lobby to look at the plaque. It will be familiar
It’s not very clearly articulated in any formal way
If asked to identify 3 to 5 priority elements of our business, how closely would your interpretation match those of your most important internal contacts?
We would all be on the same page
My immediate team would concur, but outside that there would be some very different opinions
Conflicting priorities are a big part of our organization
I don’t know, but it would be great to find this out
If individuals were looking for a sense of purpose from their professional life, to what degree does your organization provide that?
The good that we do is obvious to everyone
Different people could find different ways of doing this
We are pretty much here to work
I would need to better understand what you mean by “purpose”
Select what best describes performance measurement at your organization
Everyone is looking at the same dashboard and we know which is the gas gauge
We have a broad range of measures that everyone knows are relevant to the success of our organization
Some in our organization are guilty of “gaming the system” (e.g. successfully meeting performance goals that don’t tie to or even diminish overall performance)
If some of the people in our organization were more successful in achieving their goals, they would put us out of business
How does performance evaluation work in your organization? Choose the one that best fits your situation.
Individual evaluations tie closely to organizational performance; our competition is the competition
Individual evaluations tie closely to organizational performance; our competition is each other
Individual evaluations are clear, but the links to organizational performance are fuzzy
There is a good deal of ambiguity in how individual performance is evaluated and promoted
Financial measures can be very clear indicators for a business. How do such measures work in your organization or part of the organization?
Everything can be traced to bottom-line profitability
Growth and revenue get most of the attention
Our tangible contributions are through savings and cost reductions
A variety of financial indicators inform our assessment of overall performance
Select the statement that best describes communication in your internal work environment.
Information sharing – we have a lot of update meetings
Presentation and persuasion – we are expected to sell our ideas
Information access – we use technology to share information with others
Information protection – we communicate on a “need to know” basis
When it comes to important issues, how does collaboration work in your environment? Select the statement that best describes collaboration in your organization.
Collaboration mirrors the communication environment described above
Those in power/authority make the call; we appeal to them
We debate important issues, and move forward with or without consensus
Important issues are constantly discussed and our approach is constantly developing
If there were a reliable means to measure the impact of time and energy spent, how would your organization score?
Very high – hard work yields strong impact
Pretty good – it is worth some extra time and energy to stickhandle the important issues
Below average – there is significant waste of time and energy in getting the results that we deliver
Not applicable – we would not know what amount of time or energy is wasted because we aren’t clear on the impact we seek
OPTIONAL - What do you think would be the most effective changes to make to your team, you organization and/or the system in which your organization operates?
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