Organizational Excellence

“All organizations are perfectly designed to get the results they get.”

Most organizations face stiff challenges in today’s marketplace. Changing demographics, new technologies, aggressive competition and sophisticated consumers demand that organizations constantly improve the way they do business or face extinction.

Too many organizations respond to these challenges by trying to do what they have done in the past. Those that thrive welcome change and renew themselves by aligning with current and future realities.

At Triangle Performance, we believe the words of Arthur W. Jones in the quote above illuminate the path to organizational effectiveness. Improving performance requires transforming your organization. It’s not simply improving results, no matter how significant. Organizational Transformation is about becoming a different organization, not just a better one. It’s change on steroids… that “step-change” that leapfrogs an organization into an entirely different—and better—place.

To fundamentally transform an organization, new leadership performance must be embraced in order to better understand and address challenges and interpret business movements.

How do you get there?

At Triangle Performance, we have found transformation needs three key elements to succeed:

1. A clear direction – With equally clear expectations and specific goals. If you don’t know—or can’t clearly articulate—where you’re going, don’t expect to achieve lasting results.

2. An engaged workforce – Massive quantities of discretionary effort will be required, and the ability to discern positive directions without incessant oversight. That only comes from a workforce willing and able to do the right thing for the organization, with or without your immediate presence. This includes culture, structure, and processes working congruently in support of the “clear direction” mentioned above.

3. Changed leadership – Changing a culture must start with its leaders. That’s just the reality. Leaders capable of moving the proverbial needle closer to transformation must first transform themselves, focusing less on operational leadership and more on focusing on flexibility, collaboration, and “collective” leadership.

Triangle Performance works with its clients to bring about the transformation and results necessary to compete and win in today’s economy. To learn how we can help you, call 281.257.4442 or click here.

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