an Optimal Organization through People,
Potential, Productivity and Profits
Walt Disney said “You can dream, create, design and build
the most wonderful place in the world … but it requires
people to make the dream a reality.”
Today the focus is on thinking and the people.
The power is not with management but with people as a
group. The first
step to building an optimal organization is to make sure there
is “the right fit” – the individual and the
can’t put a square peg in a round hole.
In order to have a win/win situation there has to be a
comparing of expectations.
Some of the factors that need to be examined by
virtually anyone seeking employment are personal values,
goals, talents, abilities, limitations, expectations,
motivating factors, culture etc.
Of course, it’s also just as important to look for
employment at organizations that are a match. There are a
number of tools available to help management make an objective
important is what happens after the employee joins the
highly committed and productive employees is an ongoing
The second component is potential. The potential of the employee and also the potential of the company. Potential is defined as possibility not actual. What is possible with this employee in the future? The most important word in employee potential is connection. Employees long for a sense of connection to their workplace, a relationship with their organization that consists of more than a paycheck or benefits. They want to feel in "the loop", plugged into the company. Question How do you know when you and your organization are connecting with employees?
Companies today invest in a huge amount of time, energy and dollars in finding out what their "customers think." Yet few organizations today would invest the same in what their employees think.
third component is productivity.
Consider this – Do you want a partner or an employee
in your business? Webster defines “partner" as one of two or more
persons engaged in the same business or enterprise sharing its
profits and risks. In
other words, with a “shared vision.”
The definition of an employee “ a person hired by
another to work for wages or salary.”
Now ask the question again. Which would you rather
have? Which do
you think would put forth the best efforts?
Only when employees feel like fully participating
partners do they voluntarily give their best to the
best companies realize tremendous paybacks in productivity and
profits and commitment through creating strong partnerships.
Mediocre and disappearing companies continue to view
their employees as “hired hands” and a line item on their
component is profits. There is a common factor among companies boosting the largest
profits and growth in recent years.
Proper training and support for all levels of work
produce better, more satisfied and productive employees.
Drucker says “management’s job is to find out what it is
doing that keeps people from doing a good job and stop doing
survey of 300 top executives by an international consulting
firm found that while 98% of executives agree that improving
employee performance would significantly improve their
company’s productivity and 73% claimed employees were their
company’s greatest asset, investing in people actually
ranked #5 in priority.
is the corporate culture that creates the atmosphere working
men and women encounter everyday as they do their jobs.
Optimal organizations have a culture that reflects the
organization’s behaviors, beliefs and values.
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