What is Organzational Development

Organizational Development is the process of developing the internal capacity of the company. Management philosophically and operationally governs an entire organization, moving it toward its intended goal.  Organizational Development comprises the long—range efforts and programs aimed at improving an organization’s ability to survive by changing its problem-solving and renewal processes. 

Organizational Development is an emerging discipline aimed at improving the effectiveness of the organization and its members by means of a systematic change program.  Change is a way of life in today’s organization, but organizations are also faced with maintaining a stable identity and operations to accomplish their primary goals.

The five (5) efforts of a successful organizational development program:  Planning, organizational-wide, managed from the top, to increase organization effectiveness, planned interventions in the organization’s processes by using behavior science knowledge.

The main purpose of organization development efforts is to increase the effectiveness of the system and to develop the potential of all the individual members.

Define Leadership

Leadership is an art of having a relationship to influence an individual or group to complete a task without hesitation and or reservation.  To deepen the level of trust and engagement within the relationship, it has been argued that effective leaders choose to follow at times. Leadership is a collective of phenomenon employees rather than an individual.  Leaders should always be in the presence of their employees and looking out for their best interest.  Leadership is the foundation for all organizations and it plays a vital role in dealing with cultural and diversity issues on a daily basis.  A leader must have a strong backbone to praise his or her employees when they are doing something right and disciplined them when they are doing some wrong.

Change is good for organizations

Change is an inevitable aspect of life and can cause stress. Change is expected, respected, and sometimes needed in organizations. Leaders must determine effective strategies for managing change, implementing change, monitoring change and stress. Each organization has a unique way of responding to internal and external pressures for change. Leaders are responsible for identifying these pressures and responding to them with appropriate measures. Most change is a result of the identification of a problem. Identifying the problem is the first step, but evaluating the need for change is an important step in determining a path to implementation. Successful leaders are not bound to any one change strategy, but choose whichever strategy best fits the situation.

Why is Organizational Management Important?

Organizational Management is a fundamental asset to creating an environment that supports continuous improvement of individuals and their organizations to better provide for the communities they serve. Every organization needs a leader with a clear understanding of the issues facing their organization and is prepared to implement them while maintaining operational functions, developing employee skills, and managing human resources.

The organizational method allows managers to break down the entire operation of a department into several phases. Dividing operational functions into sections allows management to obtain a clear picture of what the goals of a department are and how to implement the goals most effectively. It also allows managers to respond rapidly to factors that affect the internal or external expectations of company.

Strategic Planning should be a top priority for all organizations

Strategic Planning is a well-defined, misunderstood, widely agreed upon definition, but an often misused term.  Strategy has origins dating back to its military usage with planning associated with it as early as the 6th century.  Strategic planning refers to the defining of the organization’s go-forward plan for the future in the corporate world by accompanying desired outcomes. Over recent decades, the corporate strategic planning models, processes are broad, and taken on many different associations.   “Strategic Planning” explores the basic components of what should be done in the planning process to make it worthwhile and in its corporate context - delivering value, profits and securing competitive advantage.

Organizations will not be successful in the long-run without a good strategic plan in place and a Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, and Threat (SWOT) Analysis.  A SWOT analysis provides a good overview of whether the company’s overall situation is fundamentally healthy or unhealthy.

What is Leadership ethics?

Leadership is the art of influencing an individual or group to complete a mission/task without hesitation and or reservation.  Ethics is defined as standards of conduct that guide people’s decisions and behavior.  The importance of leadership ethics is examined and analyzed to show that quality of leadership and ethics is important to the survival and success of an organization.

With leaders taking short-cuts, not abiding by the policies, rules and/or vision of the organization, their work ethics can kill the organization by being poisonous to all the employees. These types of leaders have to be identified and dismantled from the organization soon.

Everyday leadership ethics is synonymous with the moral theory in everyday life. Relationships between leaders and followers help to shape the success or failure of an organization. The leader-follower relationship results in a team-oriented workplace with camaraderie toward goals and a productive work environment. Without a successful relationship between groups, effective leadership and outstanding workplace success will not exist. Heroic images of leadership convey the notion of a one-way transaction: leaders show the way and followers tag along.  R. Crosbie says building a culture of trust is the responsibility of all leaders.

For the leaders to be successful in any organization they must follow these five helpful tips:

  1. Champion safeguards in the organization.
  2. Provide leaders with training, feedback and coaching.
  3. Provide training throughout the organization designed to build relationships and foster the development of interpersonal skills;
  4. Bring intercultural training to your organization;
  5. Above all, do not contribute to the problem.

Can any Organization be successful with Toxic Leaders?

Toxic leadership is a combination of self-centered attitudes, motivations, and behaviors that have adverse effects on subordinates, the organization, and mission performance. This leader lacks concern for others and the climate of the organization, which leads to short- and long-term negative effects.

No organization (corporation, non-profits, small businesses, etc.) can be successful with toxic leaders. Toxic leadership is when leaders (who should not be called leaders in the first place) infringe the leader-follower relationship, abusing their power as leaders to the detriment of the people they are leading.  Toxic leaders are not accountable or responsible for their actions; they blame others for their mistakes, they don't lead by example nor from the front; and they lie to make themselves look good.

Kouzes and Posner says exemplary leaders get extraordinary things done in organizations by engaging in the five practices of exemplary leadership.  Modeling the way is about earning the respect and the right to lead by being involved in the day-to-day operations of their team.

Inspire a shared vision by focusing on the best interest of your team and speak their language on a daily basis.  Challenge the process by being innovative; recognize and support great ideas from your team members.  Enable others to act by being a trustworthy leader.  Encourage the hearts of your team members by recognizing their hard work, saying at least “thanks” for a job well done.

What is Organizational Leadership?

Organizational leadership is a dual focused management approach that works towards what is best for individuals and what is best for a group as a whole simultaneously. It is also an attitude and a work ethic that empowers an individual in any role to lead from the top, middle, or bottom of an organization.

Organizational Leadership Consultants are very important to any organization because they influence positive behaviors and a productive workplace; encourage collaboration among teams; resolve conflicts in the workplace; collaborate and effectively work together in diverse groups, etc.

Whether an organization is a sole proprietor, small business, large corporation, non-profit, professional sports teams, colleges and universities, doctor & lawyer offices; retail stores, restaurants, etc., they need an organizational leadership consultant to transform their business while empowering and adding value to all employees/organization to ensure they meet and/or exceed their bottom line.

Author Jim Stroup says in his Managing Leadership that “Organizational leadership is inherent in the very nature of the organization. It arises from the peculiar relationships that form among people joined together in a collaborative effort.”