Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Strategic Planning: Defining the Business Environment Part 4

Every organization has a set of beliefs that govern the conduct of its members. The problem is that many of these beliefs cannot be considered guiding principles. They are usually unconscious and chosen by default rather than by design, yet they play a powerful role in shaping the culture of the institution.  

Criteria for Guiding Principles
  • Aligned with mission
  • Reflect deepest "truths" or values of organization
  • Motivate and inspire
  • Guide decisions and conduct
  • Easy to remember
  • Action-oriented
  • Should have no more than six principles  

Complete this exercise regarding Guiding Principles:

  1. List observations about your organization's culture.
  2. List the beliefs that might cause each of these cultural observations.
  3. Finally, list some new beliefs that would be better aligned with your organization's mission.

Until next time...

Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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