The most successful and dynamic enterprises are committed to excellence in their products, operations and people practices. Sibson consultants have served as trusted partners to many universities and colleges in helping to establish aspirational visions for the future and creating dynamic and comprehensive strategies to support institutional goals and objectives. Sibson has an extensive record of success in helping universities and colleges engage in successful strategic initiatives with high impact and results.
Organizational excellence and improvement drives performance, productivity and profitability. Sibson has extensive experience in developing organizational effectiveness strategies and practices across multiple sectors in both public and private institutions (including multi-national corporations). Sibson’s deep knowledge of the linkage between human capital and organizational strategy is evident in our wide range of successful corporate engagements.
Sibson can assess your organization’s strategies, structures, performance, competencies and skills and customize a plan for building a high performing culture and enterprise. We can help you develop meaningful policies, practices, measures and strategies to remove barriers to productivity and optimal performance.
Fully realizing your institution's strategy requires aligning the recruitment, performance and retention of executives, faculty, administration and staff with the institution's mission, strategy and objectives. Colleges and universities are increasingly recognizing that well-designed, customized performance and talent management can facilitate this alignment and enable the institution to maximize the benefits of its compensation expenditures, as well as lay the foundation for a culture of engagement and accountability.
Performance Management Program Design, Development and Implementation
Our consultants help clients in all facets of program design, development and implementation, whether your institution is experienced with performance management or implementing a formal program for the first time:
Skill & Competency Models
The development and planned use of competency tools is essential for recruitment, growth, promotion and retention. Competency tools should reflect uniform, values-based expectations of employees, such as trust, contribution, productivity and teamwork, as well as position-based knowledge, skills and abilities.
Sibson helps higher education institutions to:
Sibson offers seminars and consulting support in metrics for higher education institutions who want to understand the fundamentals of measurement, link administrative unit plans to institutional strategy and identify quality metrics for each major unit operational process and programmatic initiative.
Understanding functional measurement fundamentals requires that institutions:
Strategic Workforce Planning
Sibson's Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP) system enables institutions to better understand future talent requirements, anticipate and address talent gaps before they have a negative organizational impact, and more effectively prioritize and implement the actions required to ensure the right people are in the right place at the right time.
SWP is a proven approach to more effectively:
Institutional and Divisional Strategic Planning
In order to build great organizations, it is critical to ensure your institution’s shared vision of the future is supported by a strategic plan for achieving it. A successful strategic plan informs key decisions and investments, and aligns people, processes, technologies and actions across the enterprise to enhance success and performance.
Our strategic planning process includes an in-depth organizational assessment to identify your institution’s strengths and best opportunities for improving performance and builds upon your unique competitive differentiators. Our comprehensive strategic planning process offers market analysis, emerging trends and an effective balance of risks with opportunities. Sibson will focus on your mission, vision, imperatives for success and develop effective strategies that allow your organization to excel.
Organizational Resource Management
Organizational excellence and improvement drives performance, productivity and profitability — and effectively managing these resources is vital to the success of the organization. Sibson can assess your organization’s strategies, competencies and skills and develop a plan for effective resource management. Our plan can help you develop new policies, practices, measures and strategies to help you leverage technology, gain economies of scale in your operations and streamline functions and processes. The result is improved organizational effectiveness, efficiency and performance aligned to your culture, mission and values.
Shared Services Design and Implementation
We work with higher education institutions to develop comprehensive approaches for creating shared services functions. These initiatives focus on:
Culture Assessment and Transformation
Most major change efforts fail due to a lack of focus on effective change management and culture challenges. Sibson provides extensive expertise in successfully managing cultural and people issues throughout all phases of transition and change, building support and buy-in, and ensuring sustainable change.
We have organized and led several cultural improvement initiatives, including great-place-to-work initiatives focused on strategic recruitment and retention of key talent. Our efforts have resulted in:
Higher education currently faces a variety of challenges: competition for talent, changing expectations of the work force, pressure on funding sources and changing expectations of students and parents. Human Resources professionals seek Sibson’s assistance for challenges including:
Sibson helps clients position the Human Resources function so that it can add significant value through: