The Several Habits of Highly Effective Organizations
Constancy of purpose, to take a leaf from Dr Edward Deming, is one of the primecontributory factors to business success. It is a commitment to the long-term andconnected with a continual improvement ethos. In order for any organization tobecome highly effective at sustaining its constancy of purpose it has to developseveral habits.The first of these habits is
Strategic planning and on-going reference tostrategy is central to mobilizing people, empowering them and maintaining agreater level of control over results. Strategy as a habit is akin to taking regular compass bearings to ensure the venture is heading in the right direction.Companies should strive to become accomplished at strategic thinking as far down their organization as possible. The greater strategic awareness, the moreattention to detail is paid. Detail is competitive edge.In order for Strategy to be effectively put into action, a second critical habit needsto be developed.
The way people think, communicate and act will alsodetermine effectiveness. If Culture is a conscious habit, then there will be aconsistency of approach throughout a business that reflects a common set of values and beliefs. It makes for the possibility of an environment in which peoplecan excel. A great Culture is the product of great leadership.If ‘Change is the only constant’ (Heraclitus), then it should be embraced.
is another habit of highly effective organizations. They decide for Change rather than having to always react to it. It becomes a habit coupled with regular reference to strategy and the ability to move quickly because of a strong culture.Change, if it is a habit, is seen as positive and quickly adopted. Standing still inbusiness is the same as dying.Highly effective organizations are in the habit of referencing
Abusiness that is guided by Principles is able to make quicker, more confidentdecisions. A decision is a pivot between the past and the future. Strong,confident decision making is a reflection of clear strategic focus and translatesinto more committed action. Recognized Principles communicate integrity andunite teams. A Principle is only a Principle until it costs you something.When things go wrong highly effective organizations listen
Real listening islinked to
. When a company sees success and failure as two ends of