Get the Most from Your Assessments [Lessons from the Road]
I have performed a lot of assessments over the years. If done right, they’re actually quite exhausting. You’re trying to absorb everything you are hearing, seeing, not seeing, while trying to follow a process, draw conclusions, and generate next questions. But when done well, and received openly, they can provide tremendous value because they help an organization determine where they really need to focus to gain the most leverage.
In this month’s IndustryWeek Lessons from the Road column, I focus on how to get value from your assessments: Get the Most from Your Assessments. Here is an excerpt:
1. Define the purpose. Before you start signing up resources and setting dates, define what you are trying to accomplish. Are you trying to accelerate your lean efforts? Are you trying to build tension in a complacent organization? Are you trying to find your strengths to build on and share across the company? Don’t do an assessment just because it’s what people do in a lean journey, or some consultant offered you a “free assessment.”
Reflection question: How has your organization utilized assessment? What has worked best for you? Please share your thoughts in the comments section.