In the past the impact of leadership upon an organisation has been considered intangible and hence measured in subjective, qualitative and often personally devised ways. Hence the effects of organisational or environmental change have been the subject of much guess work. This leads to most organisations focusing on their failings rather than identifying the significant opportunities that exist, as failures become more prominent to decision makers.
Leaders of successful organisations generally consider themselves successful leaders based on their organisation's achievements. Although a business may have grown despite, rather than because of their input. If this is the case in an organisation there is the potential to make very successful business even more successful and profitable; the secret is identifying clearly where those rich potential opportunities and streams lie.
The Model draws from surveys, profiles, interviews and case studies, which after complex analysis generate a comprehensive picture of an organisation which is delivered back as a comprehensible and actionable evidential report which can be either attributable or non attributable.
The model produces a non judgemental picture of an organisation’s current position and orientation. It identifies areas of opportunity that can be exploited if desired. :”When you can measure what you are speaking about and express it in numbers, you know something about it”. Kelvin (1883)
The Model enables organisations to make informed decisions on strategies, operations, developments, mergers and transformations. The impact of any changes in decisions, practices, development or structure can also be tracked through the organisation.
The Model’s holistic approach across nine generic domains is its uniqueness and its strength and that alongside its flexibility and adaptability in terms of both content and utility make it essential to modern businesses who are struggling with comprehending their status and potential.
The Model can be used in a large number of ways in terms of developing, optimising an organisation, tracking the effects of leadership or change within an organisation. It can be used in any size of organisation from 150,000 down and in any type of organisation. As the dimensions of measurement are common and ubiquitous yet reflect value and importance the orientation, size or scale of the organisation can be reflected in the both the tailored information requirements and the answers.
The first targeting survey is generic one that is relevant to all within an organisation. It consists of 90 questions, ten from each of the domains and is designed to inform the targeting of the next set of questionnaires into areas departments or particular levels of personnel.
The targeted questionnaires reach selected parts of the organisation and are designed to glean detailed information from whichever of the nine domains which have been identified in the analysis. The questions can be aimed at specific levels across the organisation or departments/teams within the organisation. Where necessary and useful information may also be drawn from without the organisation from customers or suppliers and this can be collected in the most suitable and efficient manner.
Once this second set of targeted information is collected and analysed interviews and case studies are used to garner essential additional information on processes and the actions of the organisation.
Once all the information required is collected and analysed the complete picture is generated and areas of opportunity identified.
The Gordian Model's uniqueness is its holistic approach, not the systems within it but the compilation and analysis of all those systems and the deduced metrics. It affords an objective picture of an entire organisation through its combination of approaches and the synergy achieved between the means of measurement and metrics used.
With the Gordian Model there is no hiding place for inefficiency or ineptitude. Business opportunities can be identified and best practice evidenced, so that they can be fully exploited in striving for competitive advantage and continuous improvement.
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