Last week I wrote about corporate high performance units. Today I write about their biggest challenge: Battling the underlying intangible forces that dictate an organisation’s ability to outperform others.
Every organisation is made up of people making decisions to fulfil a purpose. Simple isn’t it? If only it were so. As I have often written, decision making is complex and there are many ways our decision making is influenced. In fact, that is what your policies, processes and systems are doing, influencing people’s decision making.
Take a corporate procurement policy for example. It will place certain boundaries on your purchasing decisions such as directing you to purchase certain goods or services only from a contracted supplier. There will also be a process that you need to follow to procure items. And there is also likely to be a procurement system that has the corporate policy coded into it so that it knows and applies the rules based on who you are and what you are wishing to purchase.
Now, here is what the corporate procurement policy, process and system are battling:-
(Note: This is the same for any organisational function including operations, finance, risk, HR and IT.)
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