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Manage the Forest, NOT the Trees

 

Current methods and tools in place for managers tend to assess each employee separately and seeks to pull out their discrete contributions, personalities, and behavioral tendencies. None of the tools, however, allow the manager to see the proverbial forest, they only see the trees. Teams, as managers are intuitively aware, are not just a collection of individuals or skills, but rather a distinct entity that is created by the way the team members interact with each other and the relationships they foster. The results and performance of the company are often less dependent on an individual’s skills or personality or psychological profiles, but more on whether they can influence and drive the team to act together and deliver on the goals and expectations.

The results and performance of the company are often less dependent on an individual’s skills or personality or psychological profiles, but more on whether they can influence and drive the team to act together and deliver on the goals and expectations. This team behavior is dependent on one powerful, yet intangible, metric: Team Chemistry. Team Chemistry is defined as “composition of the team members and their relationships with each other”, with 2 distinct inputs: 1) Skills sets & capabilities of the team members, and 2) the Company Culture (the workplace environment and related policies set up to cultivate relationships among the team). These two ingredients are clearly important, but they do not predict the outcome of the collective team.

 

 

Conventional tools used by managers address each of these two inputs separately, yet none measure and assess how they both come together to develop relationships (the “Team Chemistry”). OrgAnalytix, a SaaS based solution, is entering the team management market by offering business leaders a simple yet powerful tool to measure Team Chemistry while understanding how to enhance the relationships to better drive company performance and profitability.

What OrgAnalytix Brings

The OrgAnalytix tool works with executives and/or HR managers to collect and digitize specific relationship data across the team members. The data collection process takes 5 minutes per employee and can be customized to collect data related to the specific challenges faced by the businesses. Once the interaction and relationship data is collected, it goes through the Analytix tool, which applies two unique layers of algorithms to enrich and analyze data collected from the team. The Analytix tool displays the relationship data in a variety of different views, including maps of employee networks based on important business scenarios. Leaders use these visualizations as well as network and organizational metrics to understand leading and lagging indicators of team performance, assess Team Chemistry and how it drives team behaviors. In addition, OrgAnalytix overlays the organizational reporting hierarchy onto the relationship data so managers can dig deeper into their specific team and sub-team chemistry, optimize the “Spans of Control” of their managers and ensure any clogged communication lines are addressed.

How can this Analysis help Your Team?

Manage your teams in the most effective manner, by assessing not just individual performance and personalities, but also how the team behaves as a unit. By using OrgAnalytix, leaders can view and assess the existing relationships among their employees and then address any gaps through the 2 drivers of Chemistry, skills and culture. OrgAnalytix enables leaders to make those decisions in an informed and targeted manner, by isolating exactly which aspect of Team Chemistry should be modified to achieve desired results (e.g. skills training or cultural norms corrected) instead of making blanket decisions around Company Culture or recruitment of certain Employee Behavioral profiles.

Sustainable success is only possible through understanding not just how well the Trees are doing, but also viewing and understanding how well the Forest and its related ecosystem works.

For more information email me at shwetha.pai@organalytix.com .

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