• A positive organization delivers high performance by bringing out the best in people.
    • A positive organization is more than a nicety. Research from the field shows that positive organizations outperform their competition because their people are better equipped to deliver value.
    • A positive organization does not happen by accident.  It requires committed people and positive strategy, leadership, management, teamwork, and self direction.
    • A positive organization is not static.  It needs constant cultivation as people and situations change.
  • You can help create a positive organization from whatever position you are in right now.
    • Positive organizations are a result of countless decisions and actions by every individual on the team.
    • You can help create a positive organization whether you are new junior team member or the CEO.
    • You can take action by learning and applying key skills for self direction, teamwork, management, leadership, and strategy.
    • Chances are you are already doing positive things in one or more of these areas.  The goal is to keep learning, growing, and expanding your positive influence.

The following are signs of a positive organization based on research from the field. To what extent do these signs describe your organization?

  1. People know the mission or purpose of the organization.
  2. People know who the organization aims to serve.
  3. People know the value (or results) the organization aims to deliver.
  4. People know the actual results the organization delivers.
  5. People know the basic plan or strategy of the organization.
  6. People know and appreciate the ethical values of the organization.
  7. People view leaders and managers as honest, supportive, trustworthy, and competent.
  8. People are supported with clear direction, coaching, mentoring, and learning opportunities.
  9. People are supported with policies, practices, and systems that enable them to do their best.
  10. Individuals are engaged and self directed.
  11. Teams are productive and cohesive.
  12. People know what is expected of them.
  13. People can see how their work connects to the mission or purpose of the organization.
  14. People feel empowered to put customer service and quality first.
  15. People receive recognition for doing good work.
  16. People receive help to improve performance.
  17. People have equipment and material to do their work right.
  18. People have opportunities to do what they do best.
  19. People feel respected.
  20. People are comfortable naming problems and recommending improvements.
  21. People are encouraged and rewarded for collaborating and sharing know-how.
  22. People feel like the organization cares about their career development.
  23. People feel like the organization cares about their health and well-being.
  24. People feel like they can maintain work-life balance.
  25. People feel like their compensation is fair.
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