To test the organisation’s internal alignment, the Meerkat Group used the ‘Lumpy Bed’ exercise. Ten statements about the organisation were created and members were asked to rate whether the organisation on a score of zero to ten with ten being a perfect score and zero providing the lowest rating. Ratings are compared on a lowest, average and highest basis. The tool also has the ability to ignore the extreme outliers and delete the highest and lowest rating.
The Minimum and the Maximum ratings were presented. In theory if there was consistency there would be little gap between the two ratings. The lumpy bed analysis proved that there were silos of thinking.
Initially the group were dubious on the results but over a period of months and occasional robust, but never aggressive commentary, a clear path to become united was formed.
After extensive interviewing of internal and selected external stakeholders, the Meerkat Group advised the group that, of the 16 organisations in their ‘space’, they were one considered on the wane and becoming less relevant as a united force.
Mike are pleased to advise that today, when there is an issue that reaches the public domain, the organisation is the “go to” body for advice to government and commentary in the media.