Five principles of successful organizations emerged from Kaplan and Norton’s research on successful Balanced Scorecard adaptors. The five principles describe the key elements of building an organization able to focus on strategy and deliver breakthrough results, and they depend heavily on effective facilitation and group ownership.
The nineties are arguably the most worldwide productive in economic history. Productivity accelerated, market values rose, and unemployment fell to record lows. However, in a Zook survey, only 13 percent of organizations achieved shareholder returns greater than the cost of capital. Thus setting up the need for a return to strategy, such as the Balanced Scorecard. History will show a pattern of “excessive exuberance” to quote Alan Greenspan, and a shift from strategy to tactics, such as:
- First to market
- Operational excellence
- Customer relationship management
As companies abandoned strategy, they began to pay the price—proven by the implosion over the next fifteen years, leading us to, today. Compound that abandonment with a shift from a manufacturing era to the age of knowledge. Notice the transformation in the workplace . . .
|Functional (silo)||Process (integrated)|
|Incremental change||Transformational change|
|Production driven||Customer driven|
|Tangible assets||Intangible assets|
|Top down||Bottom up|
Five principles of Kaplan and Norton’s Balanced Scorecard include . . .
- Align the organization to the strategy—Nobody is smarter than everybody and robust alignment requires multiple perspectives. An effective, neutral facilitator is the best choice for securing alignment among a group of people.
- Make strategy a continual process—The journey is more important than the destination, and there is no better guide on a journey than a well-prepared facilitator using an appropriate methodology.
- Make strategy everyone’s job—Ownership is key and facilitated sessions can secure individual commitments that must be met to save face. The key output of any facilitated session is agreement on WHO does WHAT and WHEN.
- Mobilize change through executive leadership—Big egos demand great skill and facilitators earn their income over and over when forced to deal with executives, who many times embrace being rational as what is best for them, rather than the entire group. Facilitation helps avoid such fallacy.
- Translate the strategy into operational terms—Requiring a life cycle of activities a groups transform from the abstract to the concrete, no better leader can be found than one who manages context on behalf of the subject matter experts.
The message becomes clear. When you want to accelerate results, you better place a high value on the role of facilitator. They can pay for themselves many times over. Frankly, they generate more economic value for the organization than other roles, even the CEO. The CEO who has the answer but is unable to realize these five principles within their own organization, will likely generate sub-optimal returns.
Finally, MG RUSH professional facilitation curriculum focuses on providing methodology. Each student thoroughly practices methodology and tools before class concludes. Some call this immersion. We call it the road to building impactful facilitation skills.
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