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It’s a question of health - Part 2

It’s a fact of life. People die earlier than they have to because they didn’t take steps to prevent health problems. We know that prevention is better than cure. This applies equally to the world of work. How healthy is your small, medium or large organisation or business or work group? Ten minutes spent pondering this question might be one of the best ten minutes of your life (OK. I think it will be valuable but if it’s the best ten, it’s time you got out a bit more). In this week’s column, I continue describing some of the factors you could consider in assessing the health of your organisation, business or work group. By doing this assessment you will identify those areas in which you most need to take action now to prevent more serious problems later. Free. You can do the full 80-item Health Check on-line at www.space123.com click Health Check and get an instant assessment. See how you score. Disengaged employees – What percentage of your employees are just going through the motions? Just doing the minimal amount necessary? How effectively do you deal with employees who have disengaged? Diversity – How well do we manage diversity of opinions and styles? How well do we incorporate diversity of opinions and styles? Efficiency – How well do we evaluate the efficiency of systems, procedures and work practices? How well do we know where, how and why we are wasting time and money? How well do we improve efficiency? Engagement – How effectively do we engage employees in continuous improvement? Does continuous improvement operate as a standard practice incorporating a formal system of incentive and reward or is it ad hoc, left up to individuals? Environmental – How well do we exercise our responsibility as a world citizen to prevent damage to the environment? Facilitation/coaching skills – How effectively do our managers and team leaders apply the skills of facilitation and coaching within their workplace? Financial planning – How good are we at financial planning, forecasting, cost management, measurement, and budgeting? How well do we monitor and measure key financial performance indicators? Focus – How effectively do we ensure that work groups are aligned in their purpose, strategy and tactics? How effectively do we ensure that work groups are aligned in working towards our bottom line? Globalisation - How well do we identify and manage the impact of globalisation on our current and future operations? Growth – How well do we plan and manage growth in our business and / or in our market share? Inclusion – How effectively do we include key stakeholders in our strategic planning? How effectively do we include key stakeholders in our decision making? Information technology – How effectively do we monitor that information technology is meeting users’ and customers’ needs? Innovation – How well do we stimulate and manage creativity and innovation? Do we have a culture that stifles or stimulates creativity and innovation? Knowledge management – How effectively is knowledge identified, accessible and shared? Leadership – How effectively do we exercise strategic and tactical leadership? How well do we provide direction and support at all levels? Learning and development – How well have we created a culture of learning and development? Is it planned, coordinated, connected, managed, evaluated and improved or done in an ad hoc, disconnected way? Life/work balance – How well do we manage the balance between life outside work and work? Logistics – How well do we manage the transportation, supply, storage, and availability of raw materials and finished products? Management commitment – How well do we identify and manage the commitment of management at all levels? From the international best-selling books, ‘You Lead, They’ll Follow. How to inspire, lead and manage people. Really.’ Volumes 1, 2 and 3 by Daniel Kehoe published by McGraw Hill. www.bobsbooks.com.au for on-line orders. Daniel Kehoe provides a range of innovative tools for leadership, people management and business improvement to small, medium and large organizations including the You Lead, They’ll Follow Experience® and Systematic-Innovation® - one of the best ideas management systems on the planet. See www.space123.com T 08 9477 1135 E dk@space123.com

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