Archive for August 21, 2014

A policy should stand the test of time

As we continue our discussions on policy, it is important to remember that an organization’s policies rarely should be changing unless the organization rethinks its vision, culture, and/or mission.

As we discussed in our most recent newsletter, policies are an organization’s guiding principles. And, those principles for most organizations don’t change often.

Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the U.S., said: “Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.”

That statement supports the point that if the policy is clearly defined, then an organization’s daily activities should align with the policy. Simply put, a policy should “stand the test of time” for the organization and be its foundation for whatever action it takes.

If your organization is unclear on how to establish or refine your policy statements, Aldridge Kerr can help. Contact Charlene Aldridge at 972.447.9787 or CharleneAldridge@aldridgekerr.com to discuss how we can assist you in improving how you do what you do.

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Are Your Policies Really Policy Statements?

Are your organization’s policies really policy statements? Would you answer “yes” to any of the questions below?

  1. Do your policies include instructions, process steps, detailed/specific information related to the policy?
  2. Are your policies more about what is done versus why it is done?
  3. Are your policies more than 3 to 7 pages long?
  4. Do your policies expand beyond defining why your organization exists, your values, mission, and priorities?
  5. Do your policies include time-driven statements (“must be done annually”)?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above, then it may be time to reassess the approach you are taking to ensuring your policies are really policies (versus processes) and whether or not they are relevant?

Aldridge Kerr can assist you in updating or writing your policies. Contact Charlene Aldridge at 972.447.9787 or CharleneAldridge@aldridgekerr.com to discuss how we can assist you in improving how you do what you do.

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