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Setting Goals for Businesses

Every company, whether large or small, needs to set goals for the business that are not only suitable for your needs today, but will be easy for the business to grow into tomorrow. We offer many programs to help enterprise transformation – whether that be for a growing company or one going through merger or acquisition – a strategic plan needs established and followed in order to achieve new goals. Goal setting is an extremely important aspect of the strategic planning process derived primarily through a needs assessment, crucial to the long-term planning of any organization.

We believe the organizational development and planning process must embrace achievable targets developed through a comprehensive analysis of your organization’s culture, environment, and marketing processes. This begins with an assessment in three key areas; people, processes, and practices. These three areas constrain the organization’s ability to change into a more effective enterprise.

Three Key Areas of Assessment

I. People

We start with an in-depth assessment of the top people in your organization and the role each plays along with each individual’s strengths and weaknesses as well as how they perform in a team environment.

II. Processes

This includes performing a functional analysis to ensure the functions within your business are properly aligned to achieve the desired results. We review your current organizational structure and identify areas of redundancy, inefficiencies, and lack of accountability.

III. Practices

Part of this process challenges you to move outside of your comfort zone. The focus is on “the right way of doing things,” not “the way we have always done things.” This is a major problem with many organizations, and we can provide perspective that will have a direct, positive impact on your bottom line.

Needs Assessments

Needs Assessments are also used to identify your organization’s gaps and provide a prioritized list of where to start and to implement necessary solutions. There are broad definitions of what a needs assessment is depending on the context, but for human resources, they can be an investigative process that shows the difference between the current level and the desired level as a goal set by the organization. Sometimes referred to as a front-end analysis, they are a crucial element of the HR planning process and unfortunately skipped by many organizations for various reasons usually related to cost and time. The importance of a needs assessment though cannot be overstated and are designed to save both time and money in the long-term for the overall sustainability of your organization.

DISC Assessments

Disc assessments are another tool we use in organizational development. They are a test designed to gauge behavioral differences between people. A series of questions that the user answers produces a detailed report about that users particular personality. This is useful from a human resource perspective as it allows managers to quantify these personality traits and match workers up with other workers that either share or contrast those traits. It is excellent for team building and almost always improves working relationships by recognizing the communication needs of fellow team members. This is also beneficial from a sales skills perspective by being able to identify and respond to a customer and build a long-lasting relationship with that client. Lastly, it is also beneficial for executive team members to take a disc assessment to become more self-knowledgeable and a well-rounded effective leader.

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