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When organizing your company, it is important to consider the McKinsey 7S model.

When organizing your company, it is important to consider the McKinsey 7S model as shown in the diagram. The model’s eight characteristics allow your company to be successful during your initial stage, growth stage and profitability stage. The model operates in the following fashion:

Strategy implementation is a critical component in the success of any company. It is important to analyze where the company has been, where it is today, and where it wants to go in the future.

Shared Values: Every team member must agree on the right way of doing business. Values dictate how employees interact with each other and how the company interacts with the marketplace. This helps the company develop an image and establish your brand within the community.

Structure provides clarity to each team member. With structure, employees know their place in the organization and what is expected of them. This fosters a sense of purpose among employees and prevents confusion.

Systems promote effectiveness and efficiency. The company needs to have processes and procedures in place. Generally, these processes and procedures need to be reviewed on an “as needed” basis or annually at the very least.

Style:  Your leadership style should motivate your employees to share ideas and reach for opportunity. It should encourage team building, employee cooperation and a collaborative environment.   

Staff: Improvement of operations occurs when you select staff whose leadership style and strengths complement each other. Match complimenting personalities and clearly communicate expectations.

Skills: Training employees and providing them with necessary skill-refinement tools is essential to creating a competitive organization. Know the goals of your employees and help them reach them.

Analyze your company against the 7S Model to see how your operations compare. Then compare where you are to where you want to be. This will allow you to make adjustments to enhance the overall effectiveness of your organization.  Every component is interconnected and one cannot change without affecting another. Follow this guideline and you will be amazed at the transformation that occurs within your organization.