GrowthDNA Assessment for Brooks Instrument
Steven J. Kannengieszer: Steve.Kannengieszer@BrooksInstrument.com
A score of GREEN (45 or more points out of 50) indicates that you are doing well in this area. A score of YELLOW (32-44 points out of 50) indicates that you have some things in place, but could do more in this area. A score of RED (31 or fewer points out of 50) indicates that you have work to do in this area.
Data collection and application appear to be below the norm in your organization. It is quite probable that your organization is experienced in gathering financial or
operational data but doesn’t extend data collection to “outside-in” data or market-facing data around customers or competitors.
These are actually the areas that are
most robust in identifying new growth opportunities. The lack of data on the marketplace, including customers and competitors may hinder the ability to compete effectively.
Data may be compartmentalized with data analysis happening on a department-by-department basis. That may improve department-level performance but inhibits
the development of synergistic growth ideas.
The majority of your projects may be more focused on operational improvements and cost savings. While managing internal operations and costs is important, these
types of changes are not going to significantly improve profitability as they are finite in scope whereas growth is potentially infinite—or at least has the ability to take you to the next level of performance.
To improve the scale of profitable revenue growth, the organization would benefit from identifying data gaps, focusing first on “outside-in” data such as customer and
competitive insights. To identify data gaps, ask yourself what areas do we shy away from making decisions? What additional data would make us more confident to
make bolder decisions in that area? The next step would be to set up processes to routinely analyze, share and deploy the resulting insights into strategic decision
making—like new sales programs, revised customer targets, new product development, new markets to explore and more.
If you would like to confidently pursue more initiatives or projects that have the
potential to take the business to a new level of performance, let’s talk about how to
strengthen this DNA strand.
Developing strategy is not something that your organization would regard as a strength. It may be a necessary evil; something you think is not helpful or hasn’t worked well in the past. You are likely developing a game plan for the organization to follow, perhaps on an annual basis, even if it is not a comprehensive strategy.
Your plan may be an operations plan which includes projects or programs that link to budgets and your team may be great at getting them done. There may be some lack of clarity around top priorities because every department is competing for the same resources. Your plan may be subject to historical bias and beliefs rather than built on hard facts.
Your organization is most likely one that implements well but may not be implementing the things that make a difference in the market. Companies like yours have experience doing what they do well but struggle when the market is “telling” them, through data and sales, that it is time to change. Developing strategy is a choice about how to compete in the market and it may be time for your organization to make a different choice and embrace a more thorough look at strategy.
Are you interested to find out how much more potential your organization has for growth? Are you curious about what it would take to shore up this strand of your Growth DNA? Let’s have a brief discussion to evaluate what it would take.
Implementation is a mixed bag for your organization. Like many organizations, you may be seeing a return on a portion of the strategic initiatives you sponsor (the average is only 1 of 4 returns value) or you may be seeing some return on most of them—but not at the levels forecasted.
Likely you are communicating to employees what you would like to see done but it may not be sticking. It is possible you have a culture of “here comes another one” with change initiatives cycling through every so often but with little lasting impact. Or there may be some processes set up to encourage widespread employee participation but it is implemented inconsistently across the organization.
To take your organization to the next level, start by asking employees what is missing. Is there sufficient understanding of the strategy and resulting initiatives? Do they feel they have a role in making it happen? Is the communication clear enough? Frequent enough? Consistent enough? Once you understand the nature of the problem, it is not difficult to put some new procedures and processes in place to shore up implementation effectiveness and drive company-wide commitment.
Plans can be created in the board room but they can’t be implemented there. If the organization is having difficulty maximizing employee commitment or buy-in, the value potential of the organization will not be achieved. Changing your DNA on this strand from yellow to green will have a significant impact on your results. Are you ready to get started?
Employees may not know what is expected of them or how they will be evaluated. At the end of the day, employees want to be clear about how they can excel and advance. Without information about how contributions will impact them they can be slower to respond. It is possible that the decision-making is primarily a function of leadership and not diffused through the organization. Employees may feel they are typically told what is needed rather than encouraged to make contributions.
One of the best ways to find out where you are in the development of a growth-minded culture is to ask employees. What gets in the way of their success? How can leadership better support their growth and contributions? How much and what type of communication is effective? Once you discover what is right and what is not quite right, you can begin to implement new tools, practices and processes which leads to new behavior. And new growth-minded behavior is what GrowthDNA is building, It is essential to not only achieving success but also sustaining it year after year.
If employee’s actions are not aligned with their verbal commitment, chances are they feel risk in tackling new behaviors. It is up to leadership to create a culture that inspires, motivates and rewards employees for adapting their work product, their thought processes and their own self-development to enable the company to reach new levels of success. To excel at growth, this DNA strand would benefit from being more consistent. Together we can determine the best way to get that done.
Overall, you score yellow.
You have a good organization with some elements of GrowthDNA.
In fact, you are likely stronger in some strands than you are in others.
The good news is that taking the organization to the next level is very doable as you already have a foundation in place. Action steps recommended for you are:
- Pick one area to improve and focus on that. Many of the principles needed to achieve GrowthDNA are outlined in the book Reignite: How Everyday Companies Spark Next Stage Growth. The book discusses best practice for each of these phases.
- Explore what it would take to reach “green” levels of GrowthDNA in all strands to maximize results.
- Let’s chat and discover what YOUR organization needs specifically to take it to the next level.
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