Our consultants partner with clients to identify and address organizational barriers to effective working, empowering leaders and teams to achieve better outcomes.
Increasingly, leaders understand that organizational effectiveness is key to driving people and business goals – but many are unclear on what it is, and how to improve it.
What is organizational effectiveness?
Organizational effectiveness is the ability of an organization to successfully fulfil its purpose and achieve its desired goals.
It isn’t just organization design and implementation, or a euphemism for re-structuring and downsizing the organization, or culture change. Organizational effectiveness is the product of the whole system of an organization, including its strategy, operations, people, and intangible elements, such as values, team dynamics and ways of working. More importantly, it’s about the inter-relationship between these elements: how they support and impact each other.
As organizations grow, it can be challenging to maintain effectiveness. Siloed working, duplication of effort, inefficiencies and lowered productivity can ultimately prevent your company from reaching the outcomes it wants to achieve.
Finding and executing solutions to these issues can feel complex and overwhelming. But with our expertize in transformation, Berkeley can help. Our consultants will provide an independent, expert assessment of your organization’s effectiveness, and partner with you to identify and deliver the pragmatic changes that will make a real difference.
Improving organizational effectiveness requires holistic focus on both tangible elements, such as strategy and operating model, and the intangible, such as values, behaviors and team dynamics. These are closely interdependent, and changing one element can have unforeseen consequences on the other.
Leaders tend to focus on the tangible elements, particularly under pressure, because they are more accessible and controllable. Changing the intangibles is also more difficult because it often requires leaders to look within themselves first.
Our consultants will help you to achieve true transformation, delivering the required change across many or all of these elements at the same time.
Often, leaders within an organization will have differing opinions on the causes of ineffectiveness and how to address them. It can be challenging to build an objective evidence base and develop a concrete plan of action.
Our Berkeley Organization Diagnostic Tool can provide the objective, qualitative assessment that offers constructive challenge to the leadership and wider organization, and prompts the robust discussion needed to drive practical action.
Berkeley can then partner with you to identify and deliver the necessary interventions that will make a real difference to organizational effectiveness. This can range from strategy development, operating model and organization design, all the way through to offering support via individual leadership and team coaching.
At the most fundamental level, all of our work at Berkeley is about improving organizational effectiveness, whether that’s through operating model design, strategy, or project transformation. Our deep cross-sector experience and broad transformation expertize enables us to understand and address all the factors that impact organizational effectiveness.
Our consultants consider the whole system and how those elements influence each other. This enables us to tackle the real root causes, not just the symptoms – looking beyond the immediate questions to focus on the ultimate outcomes you want to achieve.
Leaders who understand how their organization really works, rather than how they think it should work on paper, can use this to their advantage. Berkeley can help you understand the tangible and intangible elements that are driving current performance and the changes that will transform organizational effectiveness.
Simon Close, Partner
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