As I continue to learn more about organizational success strategies, I am coming to understand that the underlying culture of the organization is so very fundamental to its success.
I believe this is especially the case in terms of three critical competency areas:
- Communication - needs to be timely, constructive, multi-directional, and with emotional intelligence.
- Trust - must be be based on honesty and integrity including consistently supporting the success of everyone professionally and as a organization.
- Collaboration - must be be anchored in respecting, valuing, empowering, and rewarding each and every person for their views and the contributions, both individually and as team members, and in treating diversity and collaboration, as a true force-multiplier.
If any of these elements are missing or broken then it does not seem to me that the organization will be able to be successful for the long term.
Organizational success is built on ingredients that strengthen the ties of leadership and individuals and that foster contribution as individuals and as team members.
No amount of smart, innovative, and even hard work, in my mind, will make up for shortfalls in these critical organizational success factors.
So when planning for organizational success, make sure to build these in from the get-go.
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)