This assessment tool can be used to get a reasonable impression of the quality of the most important practices in your for-profit business.
It takes about 30 minutes to complete the tool -- and with be WELL WORTH YOUR TIME! It can be done completely on-line. Your information in the assessment will not be shared with anyone else.
You could use results of this assessment tool to: 1) ensure a strong foundation from which to add a product or undertake a major change effort; 2) do an internal analysis as part of an overall strategic planning activity; 3) develop a common understanding among leaders regarding what needs to be done in your business; and 4) assess how the operations in your business compare to various "best practices."
Different assessment tools work from a variety of different perspectives. For example, some focus primarily on business practices and operations. Others focus primarily on the feelings and beliefs of members of the organization. This tool focuses primarily on business practices and operations.
The assessment tool is divided into different categories of specific performance indicators, including: Legal, Boards, Human Resources, Strategic Planning, Market Research, Advertising, Public Relations, Customer Service and Sales, and Financial Management.
Each indicator is marked as Essential (“E”), Recommended (“R”), or Additional (“A”) practices for the typical business.
Next to each specific indicator are choices, including “Met,” “Needs Work,” “Not Applicable,” and “Don’t Know.” After reading each indicator, place a check mark under the appropriate choice as to how your business performs to that indicator.
After you have completed the assessment, print out the results by using the "Print" command in your browser (probably available by clicking on the "File" command). Notice which areas need work, especially those marked "E".
References to Boards of Directors apply to businesses formed as corporations.
NOTE: Your business will benefit most if additional leaders in your business can complete the same tool, all results are compiled into one overall report, and then all of you share your conclusions about results of using the tool. To arrange to have a tool available only for leaders in your organization, call Authenticity Consulting, LLC, at 800-971-2250.
This on-line assessment tool is provided by Authenticity Consulting, LLC (www.authenticityconsulting.com) and has been adapted from a tool developed by the Greater Twin Cities United Way.