High Performance Organization (HPO)
We are a results oriented organization, which values its employees, provides for growth potential and focuses on core values and excellence.
To make a better tomorrow by being a professional organization that provides a vibrant, caring, efficient and safe community.
We conduct ourselves, at all times, in a manner that is ethical, trustworthy and professional.
The organization focuses on actively discovering and creating new ways of doing things.
We are stewards of the public trust, accountable to the needs of Council, citizens, and our colleagues.
The opportunity to lead is available to all who desire it. Our leadership focuses on outstanding results for the betterment of the individual, the organization, and the community.
We consistently seek opportunities for coordination and collaboration, working together as a team.
Maintaining the highest level of performance.
Creating a High Performance Organization to Live Up to Our Values
In February 2016, the supervisory group, Leaders for Excellence and Action in the Delivery of Services (LEADS) Team had a focused, three-day training on what makes a High Performing Organization (HPO). This training provided insight on how we, as an organization, can enhance performance and improve the work experiences of employees.
This training concentrated on the interactions among organizational units, staff, customers, partners, and other stakeholders and focus on the improvement of organizational processes and systems that can impede performance.
To be truly high performing we must take a systematic approach to the work of leadership. We need to shift the traditional mindset of leadership from that which is done by a few people at the tip of a pyramid to leadership as being a set of responsibilities that must be undertaken throughout the organization. All City Staff are leaders as we accomplish our leadership responsibilities, no matter our technical functions or level in the organization.
Leadership Philosophy and Productive Behaviors
The LEADS Team developed our Leadership Philosophy and Productive Behaviors associated with a HPO culture. Our Leadership Philosophy should permeate the organization and should state the beliefs about the nature of the people in the organization and their attitudes toward work, what makes people choose to be motivated, the distribution of knowledge and creativity (and therefore how we choose to make decisions), and how work is defined.
We believe that the best solutions come from empowered teams with the knowledge and shared vision of the community’s goals. We promote a legacy of excellence through a culture of trust, collaboration, and encouragement of personal growth and the celebration of our achievements. We seek to attract adaptable, creative and motivated individuals who share our community pride and dedication to exceptional public service.
Individual behavioral values need to be identified to guide personal actions. These have to be enhanced with examples so that the valued behaviors are relevant in real-life situations and can be measured. The behaviors identified are:
Contributes, regardless of responsibilities, to achieve a common goal.
Promotes a positive environment to help others reach their goals.
Encourages individuals to find solutions.
Demonstrates transparency and integrity.
Personally invested in the vision and goals of the organization.
Uses resources and skills in imaginative and innovative ways.
Listens and is receptive to different ideas and opinions while solving problems.
Adjusts as needed in order to accomplish the goals at hand.
Recognizes the achievements and mile-stones of the organization and others, offering praise when a job is done well.
Takes pride in being engaged in the community.
Thinks into the future and adapts current needs to achieve long-term goals.
To become HPO we need to align behind a common vision focused on successful outcomes. Together we need to create an engaging work culture based upon fundamental values and aligned behaviors. (Organizational Philosophy System Preference, Leadership Philosophy, Productive Behaviors, Mission, Vision and Values – IVALUE)
We want to create a work culture that unleashes the effort we put into work and life challenges. We, as employees, do not become engaged unless the culture of the organization is developed and reinforced to support it. This requires developing a shared set of organizational values that lead to a positive work culture and the creation of disciplined ways to continuously involve employees in the decisions that affect their units and business areas.
When will we be a High Performance Organization?
Getting organized to accomplish this work is no small task. Such improvement requires a long-term disciplined effort (years). People throughout the organization must see themselves as responsible for the collective success of their unit and of the organization as a whole. This means the change mechanisms have to be established throughout the organization. It requires that groups of people doing this work form leadership teams at every level of the organization.