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The premises of this instrument are that the financial health of the corporation is directly dependent on the cultural health which undergirds the organization. While it is true that profits must be generated as well as dividends, along with public confidence, there are many examples of all three of these factors having a positive rating, while the organization suffers from neurotic leadership, or from the abuse of power, or from a high rate of absenteeism, or from a failure of the people who interact to develop healthy relationships.
We believe that there are specific benchmarks of a healthy workplace culture, and a perspective within which to contain these benchmarks. We take the view that the organization is analogous to a human being, with all the capacities of that organism, and is, itself, a living entity. Consequently, these questions will be dedicated to ascertaining your individual perspective of the capacities of the organization to demonstrate "organizational wellness."
It is also our perspective that the medical model of fixing or removing a diseased 'organ' is not a healthy approach to any organizational 'development issues.' We prefer the 'pastoral model' which begins with what is already working very well, and seeks to enhance and grow the healthy aspects, just as we would with an individual.
The critical parent, super-ego, elimination-method of solving problems is itself one of the ways by which we identify an unhealthy organization, just as we would an unhealthy employee.
|1. In your view, if this organization were a human being, what is the level of formal training and education it has reached?|
Undergraduate university degree
Post-graduate degree in:
|2. Rank the following corporate "values" as you believe the corporate culture would rank them:|
History and tradition of the company|
Authority of the leader
Creativity of the work force
Hope for the future
|3. What kinds of secrets are not to be discussed in this organization? (Select at least three from this list)|
Financial losses/economic downturns|
Personal indiscretions of former executives
Job losses, lay-offs (past and future)
Activities of the competition
Names of potential 'stars' within the company
Names of potential 'failures' on their way out
Gossip about people and their relationships
|4. Please rank your perception of the organization's top three fears:
Ineffective board members
Lack of cultural buy-in from stake-holders
Inability to adjust to competition
Lack of vision
Deteriorating equipment and standards
Excessive demands on workers
|5. What is the most important public "face" your organization wishes to present and preserve? (Please rank the top three.)|
Stability and reliability|
Most creative offering
Most challenging offering
Most advanced technology and skills
Fortune 500 company
|6. In general, are the workers in your organization demonstrating|
Personal and professional growth:
|Healthy living habits (exercise, social activities, connections, balanced work-life issues):
|Effective communication skills (positive feedback, encouragement, support, coaching, mentoring):
|Constructive performance evaluations:
A reward system consistent with the values and expectations of the organization:
|7. If this organization were a single human being, would you like to have "dinner" with him/her?|
|8. If this organization, as a human being lived on your street, would you be a friend of it?|
|9. What percentage of your workforce is in a union?|
1 - 10%
11 - 25%
26 - 50%
51 - 100%
|10. In your view, what are relations like between union and non-union workers? |
On the same page (seamless)
|11. This organization will be able to withstand which of the following "turbulences" most effectively: (Select the five most likely.)|
Technical innovation requirement
Downturn in the economy
Demand for new training needs
Merging of different cultures, within the workforce
An upsurge in orders, requiring additional overtime
A new management team
A new CEO
Pay-cuts, including benefit cuts
|12. If you were to introduce your parents/spouse to the organization, what words would you choose? (Select as many as you wish.)
This is someone I respect.|
This is someone who likes to have fun.
This is someone who is very serious.
This is someone who is very honest and sincere.
This someone is a joker who loves to play pranks.
This person is very ambitious.
This is a very creative individual.
This is a very compassionate individual.
Don't make this person angry.
If I could compare this person to an animal I would choose:
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