The bottom line is that you're right - most outside consulting firms conduct what is normally termed an 'Environmental Scan', meaning they audit and observe your operations and/or culture from an outside-in anthropological/sociological perspective. We imagine you've been to a zoo before - this is the best analogy for what an 'Environmental Scan' represents. We visit and observe the animals, take pictures and mental notes of what they're doing, but we can't really appreciate their lives and environment because we don't live with them on a daily basis. In addition, there may be different issues at play within certain groups of animals (or confines) than others. The same is likely true for your organization - each business unit, department, and even team can often take on a personality of its own.
So the question remains: Does an outside-in 'Environmental Scan' really indicate what your true cultural health represents at the organization? Does this type of research enable us to look more deeply into our own workforce in an effort to improve? If you're looking for actionable insights, the answer is likely no. In addition to a lack of documented effectiveness, these scans can be quite pricy as well.
But what if we could gather information directly from our own workforce, meaning through our very own eyes? The results will astound you.
- Within a certain business unit, job function, or team, turnover seems to unusually high.
- Talent engagement seems to be higher in certain areas than others at our organization.
- Our HiPo (High-Potential) Talent turnover levels have been rising lately.
- Upper mgmt would like to begin stronger dialogues with all levels of our organization, not just middle mgmt.
At LG & Associates, we know that competitive advantage is maintained and harnessed through our ability to recruit, engage, develop, and retain our biggest asset: human talent.
Through a partnership with Phil Lawson, Author of “Being Spherical: Reshaping Our Lives and Our World for the 21st Century” and creator of the SMT (Spherical Modeling Tool), we come to the table with one of the most innovative and enlightening assessment tools to be introduced in recent memory.
Outside of the pure enjoyment and experiential factor of diagnosing and learning the internal pyschology of your own organization from a number of different perspectives, the impact of a Spherical Analysis can change the way you look at your internal workforce and organization forever.