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Constructive Focus on Tasks and People — for Sustained Success

Peak performing organizations encourage, enable, and ultimately leverage human discernment and discretion when and where it counts, including in circumstances that were not specifically predicted.

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Increasingly, organizations of today require mindful listening, empathy, and assertive communication among their employees.

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To strategically support and constructively leverage human discernment and discretion requires creating in-house conditions to make this possible.

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In schools, as in businesses, this is in large part about creating specific conditions for optimizing your employees’ motivation for exercising truly constructive discernment.

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Constructive skills and understandings

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Three clusters of behavioral norms have been identified by organizational researchers that relate directly to the quality and effectiveness of human discernment and discretion:

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In the descriptions that follow, the organizational culture style names and descriptions are from Robert A. Cooke, Ph.D. and J. Clayton Lafferty, Ph.D., Organizational Culture Inventory®, Human Synergistics International, Plymouth, MI. Copyright ⓒ 1987-2015.  All Rights Reserved.  Used and adapted with permission.

 

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The more that personnel are responding defensively to task demands — even if informally or by default — to survive and perform in an organizational setting, the lower the individual, team, and organizational performance will be.

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Consider these negative impacts upon performance as you are attempting to perform best, while working with what and whom you have.

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works with organizations experiencing a significant organizational performance issue or challenge that must be addressed, but which cannot be addressed by a “simple fix.”

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If this is your circumstance, we may recommend that you consider aligning key organizational factors around what you and your personnel determine to be the optimal operating culture within which you want to operate on behalf of your prioritized organizational goals.

This will likely require courage.

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Clear and accurate understanding of human motivation will empower your clearer understanding of the relevance and power of “optimal operating culture,” above.

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This enables constructive human discretion to be employed by key stakeholders with constructive agility — if, when, and where needed — increasing engagement and satisfaction, and stretching your same organizational dollars further.

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The role of leadership is imperative.

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