Zurich : Lunch & Learn

18 Jan 2011

Organizational Performance and Health,
An Evidence Based Approach to Transforming Your Organization

Kevin Lane, Partner in the Zurich Office of McKinsey

Kevin Lane presented information based on a new book “Performance and Health”. This manual for building a pro-change organization identifies the essential components of long-term organizational health. Mr. Lane shared the results of years of research into hundreds of transformational efforts with a group of 35 IHRC members that attended the session. He explained how a company’s health, its ability to sustain performance over time, is just as important as performance based on share price in determining its ability to survive for the long run. Lane described the nine components used to measure the vital signs of an organization’s health. He then went on to detail five frames both in terms of health and performance that are a guide to undertaking a transformation program.

As survival depends on an organization’s health, Carsten Sudhoff, IHRC chairperson, summed up the information presented as being usable and applicable. This was evidenced by the questions and interaction of the audience throughout.Recommended Reading:
“Performance and Health” written by Scott Keller, Head of McKinsey Transformational Change Practice in the Americas and Colin Price, Global Leader of McKinsey’s Organizational Practice

Text by Mary Bronson/IHRC Support Team
Photos by James Macsay/IHRC Support Team