In short, healthy organisations perform at a consistently high level because the cost to the organisation (not just in dollars) to achieve a particular outcome, is significantly less than the benefit of the outcome itself. This is because the strategic and philosophical approach they deploy to achieve these outcomes is so adaptive, efficient and aligned.
Healthy Organisations utilise a particular philosophical and thinking approach to business that views challenges as symptoms and develops efficient, effective, holistic and sustainable solutions to these challenges.
At True North Learning, we have found that the vast majority of organisational challenges arise from the lack of capability and capacity in just eight key elements. These elements are what we consider to be the Eight Pillars of Organisational Health. By building capacity and capability in these eight pillars, organisations not only develop long-term solutions to current challenges, but also generate a preventative approach to problems that are yet to manifest.
These pillars are:
Pillar 1: Being a learning-oriented organisaton
Pillar 2: Continually illuminating and aligning to the purpose of the organisation
Pillar 3 : Having a clear, explicit and integrated strategy
Pillar 4: Having leadership that is aligned to their role and process-driven
Pillar 6: A culture of shared accountability
Pillar 8: Personal health, vitality and well-being