Organizational Health

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What is Organizational Health, the ultimate competitive advantage

Organizational Health can be defined as an organization’s ability to function effectively, to cope adequately, to change appropriately, and to grow from within.

These are the ten key attributes of an healthy organization:

  • Goal Focus: the ability to have clarity, acceptance, and support for goals and objectives.
  • Communication Adequacy: open two-way communication which travels both vertically and horizontally throughout the organization.
  • Power Equalization: the ability to maintain a relatively equitable distribution of influence between team members and their leader.
  • Resource Utilization: the degree to which the leader knows and is able to coordinate the talents of team members with minimal stress.
  • Cohesivness: the state when a person, group, or organization has a clear sense of identity. Members feel attracted to the organization, want to stay with it, be influenced by it, and exert their own influence within it.
  • Morale: the feeling of well-being, satisfaction, and pleasure for a person, group, or organization.
  • Innovativeness: that ability to be and to allow others to be inventive, diverse, creative, and risk-taking.
  • Autonomy: that state in which a person, group, or organization has the freedom to manage those things they believe should be within their sphere of influence.
  • Adaptation: the ability to tolerate stress and maintain stability while coping with demands from the external environment.
  • Problem Solving Adequacy: the organization’s ability to perceive problems and to solve them with minimal energy. The problems get solved, stay solved, and the problem-solving mechanism of the organization is maintained and/or strengthened.

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Organizational Health Improvement Program

Our Organizational Health Improvement Program – oHIP™ is designed to assist leaders in using reliable and valid methodology in order to improve organizational effectiveness.

The program is based on six assumptions about the nature and functioning of organizations:

  • The basic building blocks of an organization are teams. Therefore, the basic units of change are groups, not individuals.
  • An always relevant change goal is the reduction of inappropriate competition between parts of the organization and the development of a more collaborative condition.
  • Decision making in a healthy organization is located where the information sources are, rather than in a particular role or level of hierarchy.
  • Organizations, subunits of organizations, and individuals continuously manage their affairs against goals. Controls are interim measurements, not the basis of managerial strategy.
  • One goal of a healthy organization is to develop generally open communication, mutual trust, and confidence between and across levels.
  • People support what they help create. People affected by a change must be allowed active participation and a sense of ownership in the planning and conduct of the change

The program is divided in two sub-programs:

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Why invest in oHIP™?

Because of the economy, many companies have no choice but to reduce staff in order to balance their budgets. Investing in the development of leaders has always been important but it is especially important when leaders are expected to do more with less.

An investment in the Organizational Health Improvement Program will save money by:

  • Using human resources more efficiently and effectively.
  • Improving the alignment the whole organization.
  • Reducing cost of substitutes by creating a culture where individuals hold themselves and others accountable.
  • Minimizing the need to replace quality employees who leave because of a poor working environment.

An investment in improving the quality of leadership and culture is a cost effective strategy for improving productivity, and  it continues to pay dividends year after year.

 

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Luca Isabella
Mobile: +39 347 41 54 898
Milano, Italy

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