Well-crafted mission and vision statements are the first steps toward organizational effectiveness. Dedicated implementation of those guiding principles in everyday practice makes for sustainable organizational success. Organizations who are intentional in their practice better manage for sustainable effectiveness.
We believe that effective organizations employ flexible systems and structures allowing for change, manage that change effectively, use and productively distribute talented staff, and leverage external resources to procure and make use of local knowledge and efficiencies. With an eye on organizational effectiveness, organizations can increase efficiency and effectiveness while mitigating operational risks to stay relevant in a dynamic and competitive environment.
Optimizing internal operating environments
Mission coherence is often a struggle for organizations active in the international and domestic development arena. Achieving alignment between field offices and headquarters, coherence of organizational approaches, balancing standardization with a need for contextualization at the field level and streamlining communication are some of the critical preconditions for ensuring organizational success. Regardless of the structure, leadership of successful organizations create consensus around a common vision and mission, manage for change and build those values into their business model.
We help organizations understand their operational environment better, optimize their internal systems and adapt to a shifting institutional, economic and social environment
Leveraging External Resources
Operating internationally requires knowledge of different countries’ political, social, environmental and legal climates. Partnering with local organizations and leveraging local talent or foreign staff with intimate knowledge of the service area can be invaluable to navigating challenges and making the most of resources. Such partners can help to illuminate risks and paths to success that may go unnoticed or undervalued by others. They are also key to managing cultural factors and community/country rules and regulations, which will most likely differ between project sites, bringing value to a project and saving organizational resources. Strategically building these networks also increases business development opportunities.
We assist organizations identify and develop ties to local communities, identify and build compatible partnerships with key stakeholders and establish and maintain systems to manage those relationships well.