Building Systems that Last
Solution: The Coreporation Inc (TCI) provides an organization with a powerful process that can improve the chances of becoming successful on its own terms—from discovering what specifically defines success for that organization, through the full life cycle of finding or creating all the knowledge, resources and energy to make success happen.
The Balancing Act process is a comprehensive and holistic approach that aligns an organization on many levels, resulting in Multi-Dimensional Strategic Alignment (MDSA). One of the distinguishing characteristic of TCI’s approach is its generality, which: a) Allows experience in one part of the organization to be leveraged for learning and action elsewhere; and b) Encourages individuals throughout an organization to use this shared model to align their activity and achieve more widespread success.
TCI can help promote strategic alignment in an organization by getting selected components (for example, departments, leaders, supervisors, and employees) to agree on the Elements of Success: their Core Identity and Values, shared Vision, common Mission, standards for Interactions, Structures necessary to support the work that needs to be done, and a Systemic understanding of how each part in the system can positively affect the whole.
Although many organizations address the above elements separately (for example, doing Visioning exercises or Values clarification), these qualities are rarely linked strategically to each other. For example, an organization may have a clearly stated Mission, but that Mission does not reliably influence Structural decisions, such as how funds are distributed for competing projects. Multi-Dimensional Strategic Alignment makes certain that the links between the key elements of an organization are all clear and strong so they can function in the best interests of the whole system.
An organization can use The Balancing Act approach to evolve to higher levels of “process capability maturity,” where managing MDSA becomes a more explicit, effective and efficient process. In this new way of doing business, the organization is increasingly innovative and capable of dealing with whatever comes its way. In contrast, companies with little MDSA maturity often require heroic measures from exceptional leaders to manage resistant problems such as conflicting needs from different groups, little cooperation across or within departments, hidden agendas, power-struggles, and shifting priorities.
Even a relatively well-developed organization can remain overly-dependent on key individuals and lose capability during periods of severe stress. Without a robust process for MDSA in challenging times, links within and among component Elements of Success can weaken, leading to systemic discord (and unfortunate byproducts such as decreasing profitability and employee engagement). TCI can help an organization move away from such distress and towards an always-evolving alignment so it is increasingly able to adapt intelligently to constantly changing circumstances. In this way, improving an organization's process for managing MDSA lays a solid foundation for achieving success today--and greatness tomorrow.
Results: TCI’s process for strategic planning, restructuring and organizational development aligns the many elements of a system so all its efforts can be integrated and leveraged to create results that are greater than could be expected from the sum of its separate parts. What differentiates the Elements of Success process is that it initiates a virtuous and sustainable “chain-reaction” that supports ongoing integration, growth and capability maturity--not only for the organization itself, but also for its different departments and members.
No matter whether an organization does just one intervention or a comprehensive MDSA program, TCI creates positive ripple effects in the system. The Balancing Act interventions produce strong organizations with a dynamic balance of inner (core) stability and external agility. These become highly-resilient, “ultra-stable” systems characterized by adaptability, vitality, creativity, and increased capacity. And, to further improve an organization’s ROI from a TCI intervention, TCI provides tools for continued learning, establishes mentorships, and can train internal trainers in our processes.