The concept and philosophy behind The Intelligent Organization
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There are many unintelligent organizations

Many companies and organizations are insufficiently intelligent. What are the three most important reasons that organizations can work much smarter? And what can you do if your organization isn’t intelligent enough yet?

There’s always room for improvement

How can your organization become an industry leader? Our intelligent organization specialists are eager to tell you all about it. We have a blog, an extensive knowledge base, a selection of training courses, and you can also contact us for independent advice.

The 3 main causes of unintelligent organizations

  1. The all-round vision and strategy of the organization aren’t clear or future-proof enough. They use vague language in business plans and spout cliches in meetings. It’s not surprising that in 74% of organizations, the strategy doesn’t penetrate the workplace at all. That results in lax attitudes, or the opposite: strong convictions about how to do or not do things and how to proceed.
  2. The organization doesn’t do enough with data. Its Business Analytics is lacking. Teams and managers lack daily and weekly insight about their customers and processes. They can’t effectively course-correct, further muddying the waters.
  3. The organization is far removed from a culture of daily learning and continuous improvement. So they can’t seize opportunities to innovate. They’re missing crucial opportunities and changes.

All these things have fatal consequences. Dire financial results, dissatisfied customers, and employees who lack passion and joy in their work. The hardest aspect proves to be: making the relevant data available to the right decision-makers at the right time, and having them use the information in such a way that they can make better choices together.

Data-driven working is the key to success

  • A data-driven strategy provides stability, now and in the future.
  • Data-driven technology can help create clarity and stay on top of things.
  • Last but not least: data-driven improvement brings the passion back to the workplace.

Fortunately, there’s a better way

We’re here to convince you that your organization can also become more intelligent. There’s always room for improvement in efficiency, decisiveness, insight, and especially profitability. Our model for intelligent organizations is the result of years of thorough research and many best practices.

The intelligent organization concept

Image: The IO concept with data-driven strategy, data-driven technology, and data-driven improvement.

What does this image mean?

In the image above, and in Passionned Group’s logo, the owl features prominently as a well-known symbol of wisdom and intelligence. This nocturnal bird of prey has been a symbol of wisdom, knowledge, and keenness since the days of antiquity. In the dark, owls can see three to ten times better than people. The owl sees what others can’t. They also possess exceptional hearing.

Intelligent organizations, just like owls, posses sharp senses and agile brains and limbs that can quickly act, improve, and score. In short: the modern, data-driven intelligent organization is sensitive, smart, and fast.

Our proven concept: the intelligent organization

The intelligent organization is a proven, pragmatic management philosophy. It’s detailed in our book, Data Science for Decision-Makers & Data Professionals. An intelligent organization is sensitive, fast, smart, innovative, and agile. This allows them to achieve their desired results in many areas much more easily.

A handy checklist

Per pillar, there are several questions. These reflect aspects you can use to test your organization. The 16 questions taken as a whole are a handy checklist to determine whether or not your organization is working intelligently and data-driven.

1. Data-driven strategy

  • Does your organization have an all-round vision and a crystal-clear strategy?
  • Is management aware of what’s happening in its environment, the competition, society, and the workplace?
  • Does the organization act accordingly and quickly when a new competitor attacks your cash cow?
  • Does the organization make decisions in line with the strategy, and is there alignment between various departments and teams?
  • Do they consistently look at the key performance indicators, and do they analyze the performance-driving forces behind it?

solutions for data-driven strategy

2. Data-driven technology

  • How is your company’s analytical capacity? How far and deep does it go?
  • Does your organization combine (big) data from various structured and unstructured sources? Are managers and business analysts consistently analyzing it?
  • Do they also synthesize the various insights generated by this analysis?
  • Does management know which information can help give insight into where and how there is room for improvement?
  • Can the organization rapidly develop new products and services and release them flawlessly?

solutions for data-driven technology

3. Data-driven improvement

  • Is continuous improvement on the agenda every single day?
  • Can self-steering teams make decisions and does the organization respond to changes in the market quickly and adequately?
  • Is giving feedback part of your company culture?
  • Does the organization have quality control embedded in its DNA?
  • Is management information aimed at analyzing the why?
  • Are KPIs aligned with goals and the mission?

solutions for data-driven improvement

Also read: The 7 habits of highly intelligent organizations

The spoils of intelligent organizations

  • Higher margins, lower costs
  • More satisfied customers and employees
  • More efficient and faster processes
  • Exceptionally agile
  • Learning organization / every day!

The I/O concept works in all industries

We have over 15 years of experience in realizing intelligent organizations in various industries. Using a myriad solutions, we can quickly help your organization become more intelligent and achieve higher returns. Of course, we work on a step-by-step, practical basis, because we know how to achieve results.

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