High-performance Organization

What defines the HpO (High-performance Organization) is not merely its ability to sustain a five-year advantage over its competitors in terms of generating profits—although that is a favorable trait, especially to its shareholders. Possessing that quality alone would simply make a company a peak peforming organization. How the HpO and the peak performing organization differ is in their respective cultures; the HpO culture is non-traditional, that is to say, it is guideline driven versus policy driven, resulting in a lower turnover of personnel due to engagement/enjoyment.

You may have guessed that I personally favor the people in an organization, more so than its business. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for generating huge profits while managing change and minimizing risk, I just don’t like the idea of an organization attempting to manage and control people.

An unhappy employee is an unengaged employee…

Guideline Driven

According to Captain John Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean) a policy—as is the case with the Pirate’s Code—is more of a guildeline than a rule. I agree. If we have to rule over a kingdom of subordinates, rather than guide followers, we’re apt to create a culture of unengagement.

Policy Driven

To rule over a kingdom of subordinates is a traditional, but old-school, method of running a business. In this environment there is little by way of employee engagement.

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