Organizational Productivity by Harnessing the Strength...

Organizational Productivity by Harnessing the Strength  Effective organizational management achieves the productivity by harnessing the strengths available in the organization (Fig 1). It is aware that it cannot build on weaknesses. To achieve results, it has to use all types of the available strengths in the organization which include the strengths of the non-executives, the strengths of the executives, and its own strengths. These strengths are the true opportunities. After all, the unique purpose of the organization is to make strength productive. It cannot, of course, overcome the weaknesses with which the organizational employees are generally having with them, but it can always make these weaknesses irrelevant. It is to strive for using the strength of each employee as a building block for the enhancement of the organizational productivity. Fig 1 Organizational productivity by harnessing the strength The major area in which the effective management encounters the challenge of strength is in its function of staffing. The effective management fills positions and promotes people on the basis of what the employee can do. It does not make staffing decisions to minimize the weaknesses of the organization but to maximize the strengths. Such management makes effective appointments since it selects people for their tested abilities and not for the absence of a weakness. It staffs people for their strengths though they may have weaknesses which are to be ignored. The people having narrow but very great strength normally bring success to the organization. If the management tries to place a person or staff the organization to avoid weakness then it ends up at best with mediocrity. The idea that there are ‘well-rounded’ people, people who have only strengths and no weaknesses (whether the term used is the ‘complete man’, ‘mature personality’, ‘well-adjusted personality’, or ‘generalist’)...

SWOT Analysis

                                   SWOT Analysis SWOT is the acronym for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. It is a strategy analysis tool. It combines the study of the strengths and weaknesses of an organization, a geographical area, a sector, an industry, a product or a project with the study of the opportunities and threats to their environment. SWOT analysis is a useful tool that can help in handling both ordinary and unusual situations by exploring both internal and external factors that may be influencing. It is a structured planning method for strategy formulation. It involves specifying the objective and identifying the internal and external factors that are favourable and unfavourable for achievement of the objectives. SWOT analysis usually starts with defining of a desired end state or objective. Strengths are the attributes that are helpful in achievement of the objective. Weaknesses are the attributes that are harmful in achieving the objective. Opportunities are the external conditions that are helpful in achievement of the objective. Threats are the external conditions which could do damage to the objective. Thus strengths and weaknesses are the internal factors over which there are some measures of control while opportunities and threats are external factors over which there are essentially no controls (Fig 1). Fig 1 SWOT analysis SWOT analysis technique is credited to Albert Humphrey, who led a research team at the Stanford Research Institute. SWOT analysis came from this research which was conducted from 1960-1970. The research was funded by the Fortune 500 companies to find out what had gone wrong with corporate planning and to create a new system for managing change. To understand SWOT it is necessary to understand the four factors of...