So what did the Denison Organizational Culture Survey tell us about ourselves?
In general, we believe that we have a shared vision of what our Health Science Center will be like in the future, and that our core values and work ethics are important. That’s an excellent foundation for progress. We also believe we have room for improvement when it comes to teamwork, training and adapting to change. That’s a call to action. I encourage you to read and consider an overview of the results that are posted on the Office of Strategy and Measurement Web site. Even if you’re not surprised by what you see, you might be surprised by what’s going to happen next.
It’s not uncommon for organizations to have an initial flurry of reaction to the results of a survey like the Denison. But then, they miss the critical step of follow-up with a solid plan for using the feedback. I want to make sure that doesn’t happen here at our Health Science Center.
Why? Ask any of our researchers, health care providers, managers or recruiters. Today’s competition for funding… for patients… for the best employees… for the best students… is intense.
How do we achieve a competitive edge? We must excel in all of the areas the Denison survey explored: adaptability, involvement, consistency and mission. It is only through this exploration that we can achieve our goal of becoming a Top 10 Health Science Center.
I want to personally thank the more than 600 employees who took the time to answer the Denison survey’s 60 questions. Your feedback will help us take the first steps to improving effectiveness, performance and competitiveness throughout all levels of our workforce.
Such change won’t happen overnight. But one thing’s for sure… we must start now.
Here’s the plan.
No, our Denison Organizational Survey results are not going to be printed, three-hole-punched and parked on a shelf somewhere. They’re going to help us hone our competitive edge and guide our journey to Top 10. Stay tuned for more.
Thanks again for the good work you do every day.President Scott B. Ransom
University of North Texas Health Science Center
3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard | EAD 806 | Fort Worth TX | 76107-2699