In our last Organisational Health Blog, we spoke about the need for organisations to be both Smart and Healthy. Many organisations are very Smart but don’t quite reach the sustainable high performance of their best competitors because they don’t get the Healthy piece right. In this context Healthy refers to having an aligned leadership team, understanding what is important to the organisation right now, and then engaging the broader team and creating clarity throughout the organisation so that everyone is heading in the same direction.
In order to road test this hypothesis we gathered seven senior business leaders from a range of industries and, accompanied by a glass of wine and some cheese, discussed the relevance of organisational health in today’s business environment. If the reaction from our leaders is anything to go by, organisation health is about to become a movement!
Over a few hours, each leader shared their organisational health journey with the group. Although each leader was from a very different sector, a number of common themes emerged:
Being a senior leader is not easy but it is a great privilege. People in such roles can impact the lives of all their employees and their loved ones in a very positive way. Not many people have such an opportunity. One of the best ways to have this positive impact is to create a healthy organisation – people with great clarity on their role and how it connects with the organisation’s priorities, as well as a very clear understanding of performance standards tend to thrive. Teams comprised of such people are great to be a part of and deliver great results; and organisations that are comprised of such teams are unbeatable. Its hard work, but worth it!
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The Positive Impact Created by Healthy Organisations
Seven Senior Business Leaders Discuss the Relevance of Organisational Health in Today's Business Environment with Red Emu
By Keith Gordon 6 March 2019