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A Fact-Based Way to Start Your Improvement Journey

The Six Disciplines Best Practice Assessment helps organizations identify opportunities for improvement that drive organizational performance and employee engagement. This assessment was validated by a professional research firm in a multi-phase study involving 800 participants across industries, organization sizes and people at all levels of responsibility, function and education. We encourage any organization to start their performance improvement journey with a fact-based baseline to guide priorities and against which to measure progress.

Find out how your organization compares to the performance of others.

This Assessment includes 65 best practices that strongly correlate with 1)overall organizational performance and 2)even more strongly with employee engagement. The 65 items are broken into six basic organizational disciplines. Your organization’s performance in each of these disciplines is placed on a rating scale to show whether you are in the top 10%, top 25%, middle 50% or in the lower 25% of performance.

Improve employee engagement and organizational performance.

Research shows that employee engagement drives performance and performance drives employee engagement. And this set of best practices when fully implemented drives both. These findings fit our own ten years of field experience that shows that employee engagement and  performance are strongly linked.  People want to win individually and collectively.

Build a commitment for change.

Another important usage for the Best Practice Assessment is to make people aware of the need for change and to build commitment to change. Whether you want to implement a performance management system, improve strategy and execution or build stronger leadership, they all involve change. As Kotter so eloquently states, improving performance is at the ‘core of the matter is always about changing the behavior of people’.  This assessment is an important tool for initiating change.

Low risk way to get started.

Starting with the Best Practice Assessment before making any other commitments or implementation decision reduces risk. It is a small step that can be completed quickly. And the results give insight into what the opportunities for improvement are. It also shows where there are different views of what is happening in the organization. By observing people’s reaction to the results of the assessment you can gain insight into various perspectives that affect next steps .  We at Six Disciplines encourage all prospective clients to start here before recommending next steps.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does it work?

We start by working with you to figure out the best way to structure the study to fit your organization. Next we engage all employees in this process by inviting them to provide input using a survey. This survey takes about 20 minutes. The results are analyzed and broken down from various perspectives such as role, department and tenure. Comments are gathered and organized by topic area.

How much does it cost?

The fees range typically range between $4,000 to $10,000 depending on how much analysis work and team engagement work makes sense in your situation. (We also have a one-day workshop entitled “Building Organizations that Execute” which uses this analysis to engage your top 25 most influential change agents in building commitment for change)

How long does it take?

The elapsed time is typically four weeks from approval. It takes a few days to adjust the survey to your situation and get email addresses. Next we allow about 2 weeks to complete the survey. And a few more days to do analysis and prepare your report.

What do I get?

Included in the Best Practice Assessment are:

  • Color coded rating of 65 best practices
  • Department by department comparisons
  • Areas of misalignment by role
  • Expert coaching
  • Insightful employee comments
  • Team building prioritization exercises
  • Clear agenda for strategic planning