The Six Imperatives for High Performance
After years of experience, we have identified the six people-related areas that have the greatest impact on success. These People Strategy Imperatives provide a proprietary framework for developing a targeted People Strategy for leveraging your people to drive results.
Clear vision creates a common purpose.
Successful growth and high performance depend on a clearly articulated vision and a strategy for achieving it. Both must be understood by everyone in the organization so people at every level are motivated and inspired to make daily decisions consistent with your long-term vision and near-term priorities. When vision and strategy are not clear, your people will set and pursue their own priorities, wasting time and resources.
PeopleCap’s Growth Profile revealed we did not have a single vision and set of values and that it was confusing to employees. We had people going in different directions – all thinking they were doing what was best for the company. PeopleCap helped our leadership team solidify our values and set a vision for the future.” -President and CEO, Social Service Nonprofit
Structure follows strategy.
Organizations are dynamic and should shift in form to support the business strategy. You can’t make progress unless your structure adapts as your business grows.
We added a new business line, and the more it grew, the more challenging it became. PeopleCap helped us realize we had a startup inside of an established company, and the way we were organized was causing the problems. Their help in restructuring has increased performance in all of our divisions, not just the newest one.” -President, Financial Services Firm
Success starts at the top.
A great leadership team must be a cohesive group that welcomes dissent and holds each other accountable. When leadership is not operating as a team, competing agendas and guarded communication emerge, limiting productivity and stifling results.
We have an incredible group of leaders – we are all experts in our fields, all genuinely like each other, and are all passionate about our mission. Yet we weren’t making progress, so we engaged PeopleCap to help us. They discovered that some of the problems came from our leadership group. We weren’t willing to put all of our thoughts on the table and really debate issues, which meant we weren’t all behind the decisions we were making.” -CEO, Private Equity Backed Healthcare Company
Your organization can’t outperform its talent.
Growth and progress demand higher organizational performance. Raising the bar on your employees’ performance requires a constant commitment to developing existing talent, attracting the best new talent, and dealing with poor performers.
PeopleCap helped us look at the talent we had and put together a model for capitalizing on the talent we had in place. It helped us set a course for the talent we need and provided a practical map for what we should look for the next time we fill a position.” -Executive Director, Social Services Nonprofit
Connectivity is the lifeblood of any organization.
Communication powers connectivity. As you grow, it’s harder to keep everyone on the same page. Effective communication becomes even more critical to high performance. Leaders must drive the sharing of knowledge, information, and feedback across the entire organization.
PeopleCap showed us the value of having candid dialogue with our employees. Too often, we on the leadership team would present to our employees and they would sit and listen. We thought that’s what communication was. Now we know that without a dialogue there’s no communication.” -President, Telecom Company
You can’t execute a strategy your culture doesn’t support.
Your strategy and your culture must be in sync. Culture is the secret sauce that binds organizations together and, if nurtured appropriately, can be the multiplier to catalyze high performance. If you aren’t proactive about shaping your culture, it may evolve in the wrong direction.
We had a general sense that our culture wasn’t aligned with our business objectives, but we didn’t have the tools to define what our starting place was. PeopleCap conducted an in-depth gap analysis between the baseline and the target and helped us develop a plan on how to get from here to there.” -President, Telecom Company