HTG Peer Groups Blog
The HTG peer group experience is a unique forum for technology industry resellers who are serious about implementing a model for success in their own businesses through sharing and collaboration of best practices.
Have you thought about what that means and how to achieve it? The focus today for many is becoming physically healthier. People take on gym memberships and hire trainers and buy organic food in order to exercise better and eat healthier.
The same needs to happen in our companies. We need to establish a structure that provides a framework in which teams and individuals can effectively accomplish goals. A healthy organization is focused on growing in every area. Just like going to the gym for a physical workout, we need to be growing our organizational health as we work together to accomplish our objectives.
So how do we do that? At HTG we believe organizational health is based on four key pillars that help a business succeed:
Planning. We all know the statement that goes like this: “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” And when it comes to organizational health, that is very true. Not only do you need a business plan that defines your efforts for the next twelve months but also a strategic long term plan that helps you communicate a clear vision of where the company is headed and how you plan to get there. This is not a write it, share it once, and then file it in the drawer process. The business plan needs to be the operating manual for how the company will function. It should include a budget that manages the decision making discussions that need to occur on a regular rhythm. Planning is core to keeping a business on track.
Leadership. Where there is no leadership, companies flail and fall apart. It is one thing to have a plan, but with that comes the necessity to communicate it clearly and help each person on the team know where they fit. The key is to help the team have personal ownership for the things that are part of their responsibility. Often when we consult, we hear employees wonder where they fit into the overall picture. Leaders have to help them understand where they fit and the importance of the role they fulfill. It is based on sharing through open and honest dialogue so there are not those who know and those who don’t. It means meetings, which many avoid, but which are essential in order to lead well. We have to make time to connect if we truly want to lead well.Continue reading