Your start-up soared and grew at a dizzying pace. But growing so fast meant you may have cut corners and didn’t have time to shore up a firm foundation. The cracks are starting to appear. Maybe this rapid growth caused you to lose some of that start-up mojo and cultural DNA that made you who you are because you weren’t able to find a way to bottle it at scale. Does any of this sound familiar?
- Growth has stalled or, worse, is in decline.
- Objectives are being missed and sales targets are falling short
- You used to be able to attract and keep engaged talent without lifting a finger but now you can’t compete with upstarts and competitors for the right talent
- The organization’s initial passion and DNA got watered down due to growth. What worked for 15 people doesn’t work for 1500. Some say the place is “not what it used to be.”
- There’s a skill gap between the people you have and the work that needs to get done. Most likely due to incremental hiring based on short-term needs rather than a long-term strategic staffing vision.
- Employees are not performing at peak potential. They are disengaged, confused and unproductive due to weak leadership or an unclear vision.
You suspect that many of these challenges are people issues. But what can you do differently? How can you stop and fix the train before it goes off the rails?
The best weapon you have to shore up this foundation before it’s too late is to create a workplace environment where people and innovation can thrive. Where retention goes up, turnover goes down and future leaders grow and blossom. Where your people buzz at maximum productivity, you crush your numbers and your growth skyrockets. And where great talent is lined up outside your door, begging for the chance to come inside.
It’s possible. We’ve seen it. But you have to create this environment with intention, it doesn’t just “happen.” No matter how fast you’ve gown, this transformation is within reach. And there’s not just one way to get there. It’s time to throw out the assumptions about what people need and want. Time to make decisions based on insight and not just plug-and-play solutions that you pray will work. Solutions that work for another company may not work for you. You have different environments, industries, variable…and PEOPLE. It starts with customized tweaks that are right for you and your people. It may require small changes in some areas, or one big change in another. You may think your people want the moon, but that’s just not true!
Sounds great. But how do we make this happen?
Rodskog Change Consulting can help you build this foundation at your own pace, based on what’s right for your industry, your culture, your people and the work you need to do. Together, we’ll craft a “Future State Vision” that’s customized for you and only then create the path.
DEFINE THE CHALLENGE: First, we bring clarity to what you really want to achieve. Are you looking for more growth, more engagement, better press, a bigger talent pipeline? Which impacts do you want to make and how can they be measured so you know you’ve succeeded?
GET THE LAY OF THE LAND: Second, we can’t flourish until we know where we are now. We’ll take a detailed snapshot of your current state and what’s really going on. Where are the random bright spots that are currently working so we can replicate them and where are the glitches so we can adjust and find a better way?
DISCOVER THE INSIGHTS: Third, we’ll assess how work is getting done and what your people need to bring their best to work for you every day. How can we really engage them to join us in our vision and take on the crusade? Often, it may not be what you thought, like a ping pong table or free lunch every day! What does the work environment need to hit all our goals based on what we need to do and how our people work? We take a 360 degree view of the industry, current constraints and new models of working and deliver insights from both sides: How best your work gets done and how your people work best. These insights reveal opportunities to make big and small changes that will have impact for your company and help us create The Big Picture of our desired future state: If we maximize all these opportunities and create the best, what will our organization look like?
DEVELOP THE SOLUTION: Now we bring change management principles to bear to carefully plan how and when we’ll achieve this vision. What are the processes, systems, structures, leadership training, strategies and tools we can put in place to achieve this transformation over time? This journey is often a mix of quick hits to gain momentum and see progress as well as longer-term initiatives. For example, depending on goals, these programs can be anything as large as implementing a new performance management system or a new strategic alignment process or as small as simple transparent leadership practices and behaviors – things we like to call “Just Do It’s!”
CREATE THE PLAN: Now it’s time for the nitty gritty. What are the costs, who are the teams and what will be the timeline for rolling out these changes. This is where we get down and dirty and break the vision down into achievable, realistic tasks that you can start implementing. Rodskog Change Consulting can either leave the plan in your capable hands or we can help you implement any of the solutions right alongside you.
Ready to take your first step toward creating a thriving workplace? Contact us today.