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Strategic Performance for Your Branch

Sam Redding and Allison Layland

Building State Capacity and Productivity Center

Released: May 31, 2017               46 page PDF

Not all SEAs or LEAs are ready or willing to take on the demanding task of building an agency-wide strategic system of performance management. Short of the full, agency-wide SPM, getting a division or strand in shape is a great idea. That is what this guidebook is about—applying SPM to a single division within an organization or a strand of work across an organization.

When the whole organization—SEA or LEA—implements strategic performance management, the role of every division and strand is included. But what can the leader of a division or strand do when the agency as a whole is not ready to adopt the performance management methodology? Can the leader apply strategic performance management methods to a division within an agency or a strand of work that spans divisions? We propose that the leader can, and furthermore, doing so will plant the seeds for building an agency-wide system. Always, an agency-wide system is preferable to strategic performance management for a division or strand, but why should the good be sacrificed on the altar of the perfect?

The publication is presented in three parts:

•  Part I: Introduction to Strategic Performance Management

•  Part II: SPM in an Organization’s Division or Strand of Work

•  Part III: Modules and Steps for a Division or Strand to Implement SPM Methods

SPM is a multistep process that can guide the leadership of a division or strand in designing and revising a system of performance management. A division or strand can successfully engage in the SPM process to improve productivity and encourage innovation, even if the larger organization is not ready to take on SPM.



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