Human Systems Organizational Direction

Organizational Direction

Organizational direction and strategy

Why do you need organizational strategy?

Every organization needs to take time on a regular basis to make sure that everyday organizational activities both align with the mission and vision and reflect the resources, needs, and challenges of its environment. In other words, it’s not just enough to have an idea of where you are going and how are you are getting there, you must continually check in to make sure that you still want to go there, that you are going the right way, and that you are on the right path. Organizational direction activities are time-consuming (if done correctly and thoroughly), they don’t often yield immediate results, and your clients or customers aren’t going to demand that you do them, so things like mission and vision analysis, strategic planning, and needs surveys are often neglected. If you want your organization to reach its full potential, and you want to maximize successful outcomes and efficiency, organizational direction activities are critical.

Organizational Direction Services

Mission/Vision Development or Revision

Facilitated workshop that helps your team create or revise your mission and vision from the ground up. Utilize the skills, knowledge, experience, and dreams of every individual to create a powerful mission and vision which can also guide strategic planning and goal development. Read a case study on how Human Systems’ mission/vision creation or revision works.

Mission/Vision Analysis

Ideal for reducing conflict and creating shared goals through a common understanding of your organization’s mission and vision. Read the article Make Your Mission Useful to see how it works.

Strategic Planning/Growth Planning

There is a new generation of strategic planning methods that keep your organization responsive and flexible. Some people now call it “creative planning”, “growth planning”, “enterprise planning” and more, but the bottom line is that your organization has goals, you need to figure out the best way to achieve those goals, and you need everybody on board and on the same page. Human Systems works with you to determine the ideal timeline for your plan, depending on the age of your organization and how much change you are planning to make. Because strategic plans are often enthusiastically developed and easily forgotten, we help you build in a structure and timeline of meetings and benchmarks to keep you accountable. Read a case study about a Human Systems’ strategic planning project.

Organizational Code of Conduct

Just like we need strong ethical principles to be good leaders (we use our HS Leadership Principles), we also need a set of operating principles that everybody can agree on so that workplace behavior is kind and growth-oriented. You will use your vision and mission to stay clear on where you are going, and you need your code of conduct to keep you on track. See Kaiser Permanente’s Principles of Responsibility document for a great example of an organizational code of conduct.

Processes and Policies Analysis

Do you everyday activities reflect your mission and vision? Do your management methods and processes reflect the values of your your organization? Consistent practices and processes that reflect a set of core organizational values are a big part of sustainability, retention, and burnout prevention. Human Systems can help your organization establish a set of core values, or practice principles, using your mission and vision and then teach you how to apply those principles to all of your management methods.

Individual Leadership Coaching

Individual leadership coaching can be a great way to develop some organizational direction activities for your organization. Human Systems can also help you identify systems-level challenges and determine processes for creating positive change in your organization. Visit our Leadership Coaching page for more information.

Systems Thinking with the CIM

Systems thinking is the ability to understand how the whole of you organization functions within its environment. You  might know how your work affects your supervisees and your manager, but do you know how your actions effect everybody in your organization? How do the relationships in your organization help or hinder processes and outcomes? The Human Systems Circles of Influence Model (CIM) is an informative and user-friendly way to learn systems thinking and apply it to your own organization. Learn more about the CIM.

Human Systems Articles

6 Steps to create realistic, achievable organizational goals (8/29/2019)

4 Steps to create a strategic organizational learning plan (8/21/2019)

More Resources

Vision and Mission Statements – A Roadmap of Where You Want to Go and How to Get There by Don Hofstrand

Making change fun by Saboe in Mastering Business Analysis (podcast) (10/1/2019)

How innovation can bring more joy to your work by Gabbay in MD Edge Endocrinology (8/26/2019)

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