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We help in the development and visualization of visions, business models, operation strategies and optimum organizational culture.

Questions about our Solutions and Inquiries zapytania@houseofskills.pl

What do we do?

We help in the development and visualization of visions, business models, operation strategies and optimum organizational culture. We assist our clients in the implementation of strategies through the cascading of objectives and responsibilities, changing the organizational culture, strengthening management teams and increasing the business awareness of employees. We make sure that employees develop skills and motivation, and the HR function and the organization are attuned to the accomplishment of business objectives and tasks.

Why are we special?

  • We design and hold unique workshops and meetings which:
    • Ensure a well-thought-out interaction, inspiration and involvement on the part of participants
    • Are based on the logical processes of teamwork
    • Make use of excellent visualization methods
  • We draw on 25 years of experience in training and consulting. This makes room for pragmatism and the adjustment of tools and solutions to the individual needs of our clients
  • We choose simple and effective solutions. We demonstrate solutions and the effects of our actions on business results in a clear and simple way

Consulting services and solutions:

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Strategy visualization and mapping

What kind of problems can we solve?

  • A need for a new concept of business development
  • A need for reflection on the strategy and practices used so far
  • Lack of consensus on the direction the company should follow among the management team members
  • Corporate strategy has to translated into local level

What are the effects of our work?

  • The establishment of business priorities and allocation of responsibility
  • The energy of the organization focused around priorities
  • The identification of key success factors
  • The establishment of a business model and implementation initiatives

Why should you work with us?

  • A rich and diversified experience – sectors, organizational cultures
  • A unique workshop setting – custom tools, attractive visuals, engaging working sessions
  • Simple and pragmatic solutions
  • The combination of a discussion about strategies with a discussion about effectiveness of a management team

Our solutions:

  • Organizational assessment of:
    • The quality of teamwork
    • The organizational culture
    • An in-depth business analysis of the company, the directions for development and development barriers
  • Strategic workshops whose aim is to establish objectives, tasks and roles based on a selected approach:
    • Strategic vision – Visual Planning Systems™The Grove,
    • Blue Ocean Strategy™,
    • Effective business model – Business Model Innovation approach of Alex Osterwalder,
    • Balanced Scorecard strategy map
Questions about our Solutions and Inquiries zapytania@houseofskills.pl
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Strategy implementation

What kind of problems can we solve?

  • What can I do to make sure that the strategy is implemented by employees on a daily basis?
  • How are strategic objectives translated into operational tasks?
  • How can I measure if the strategy is pursued?
  • How should I allocate the responsibility for the implementation of the strategy?

What are the effects of our work?

  • Established and well-defined measurement system for accomplished objectives
  • Established and well-defined strategic initiatives which support the accomplishment of objectives
  • Defined objective scorecards for employees of N, N-1, N-2 management levels
  • A coherent map of objectives and measurement systems in the entire organization

Why should you work with us?

  • An effective, workshop-based approach that leads to consensus
  • Visualization of the measurement structure in the entire organization
  • Experience in the definition of measurement systems and the analysis of their quality, and in the construction of awarding systems based on results

Our approach and tools:

  • The establishment of measurement systems to measure the performance of objectives, strategic initiatives and strategy implementation plans; the applied tools:
    • Visual Planning Systems™ The Grove
    • Balanced Scorecard
    • Objective and measurement system matrix
    • Measurement system description chart
    • Measurement system tests
    • Initiative chart
  • The development of associations between a strategy and management information system, and development, evaluation and awarding systems
  • Supervision over the work of the team responsible for the implementation of the strategy
Questions about our Solutions and Inquiries zapytania@houseofskills.pl
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Defining and shaping organizational culture

What kind of problems can we solve?

  • The organizational culture is not consistent with the strategy
  • The organizational culture requires reinforcement and new direction
  • A new approach and fresh organizational culture have to be adopted

What are the effects of our work?

  • The beginning of a dialogue – we shape the language and give a pretext for initiating a dialogue about the culture and quality of leadership in the organization
  • The operation of the organization is focused around established and strategically important cultural priorities
  • The consistency of the organizational culture with the strategy is confirmed, and cultural conditions critical for the implementation of the strategy are established
  • The employees follow expected behaviour patterns

Why should you work with us?

  • Several years of experience in Poland and abroad
  • Integrated approach – we are capable of combining different areas: organizational culture, cross-cultural issues, leadership and strategy
  • Powerful methodology and tools (Hofstede’s model)

Our approach and tools:

  • Assessment:
    • Organisational Culture Scan Light – a quick and simple assessment of organizational culture and determination of developmental needs of the company
    • Organisation Culture Audit – a comprehensive analysis of the organizational culture in terms of content and organization according to Hofstede’s model
  • Shaping the culture: a workshop with the participation of the management team and key managers on the definition of optimum culture (as required by the strategy)
  • Implementation:
    • The formulation of a plan of implementation of optimum organizational culture supporting business strategy
    • Supporting implementation teams 
Questions about our Solutions and Inquiries zapytania@houseofskills.pl
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Increasing the effectiveness of management teams

What kind of problems can we solve?

  • Lack of shared vision, operational strategy and involvement on the part of team members
  • Poor quality or lack of cooperation between team members during the implementation of the strategy
  • Business results below expectations
  • Strong and destructive emotional tension

What are the effects of our work?

  • A team of unanimous people focused on a shared vision and strategy
  • Increased trust and involvement of team members in the implementation of the strategy
  • The development of teamwork skills, the ability to manage diversity, and a constructive approach to conflicts and disagreements

Why should you work with us?

  • Experienced trainers and consultants who work with different types of teams
  • A wide range of assessment tools verified in practice
  • Consistency of developmental operations with the performance of business tasks of the team

Our solutions:

  • The assessment of the quality of teamwork on the basis of:
    • Individual interviews (with the leader and other team members)
    • A questionnaire study of the team
  • Psychometric assessment of the team – the possibility to apply the concept of Belbin’s team roles, MBTI® assessment, Extended DISC®, Hogan Assessment Systems, Skali Potencjału Przywódczego™, Facet 5®,Success Insights
  • The design and implementation of the development process:
    • A workshop on the construction and development of a strategy-oriented team through the work on the key business aspects 
    • Teamwork workshops – according to Belbin’s team role theory or based on the psychometric analysis (e.g. Extended DISC®)
    • Workshop on teamwork skills – based on the development of social/interpersonal intelligence and the application of creative teamwork techniques
    • Coaching session with the leader and team members
Questions about our Solutions and Inquiries zapytania@houseofskills.pl
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Business simulations

What kind of problems can we solve?

  • Managers lack inspiration before the initiation of strategic planning process
  • Making key persons prepared for the implementation of the strategy
  • Formation and integration of a team working on the strategy
  • The development of strategic thinking skills

What are the effects of our work?

  • Shared definitions and concepts regarding the organization as a whole – increased understanding of the organizational system
  • A team focused on business and team objectives
  • A better understanding of the specifics of the operation of the organization in a given sector

Why should you work with us?

  • A rich and diversified experience – we have worked on simulation models for 25 years
  • Serious playing – advanced business simulations which illustrate various sectors and types of business
  • Interactive and entertaining form (learning through play)

Our approach and tools:

  • Celemi simulations (strategic management, financial management, management of a company based on know how):
    • Celemi Enterprise™
    • Celemi Tango™
    • Celemi Decision Base™
    • Celemi Livon™
    • Celemi Apples & Oranges™
    • Celemi Performance™
  • Game Tools simulation (change management): Change Navigator
  • Strategy Translation Implementation simulations (retailing and bank management): 
    • Retail Management
    • Think Customer (Banking Simulation)
Questions about our Solutions and Inquiries zapytania@houseofskills.pl
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Motivating (evaluation systems, MBO, awarding systems)

What kind of problems can we solve?

  • The evaluation system is not efficient: it does not translate to business results, it fails to differentiate and motivate employees, it does not enable systemic employee management
  • The results of the company are unsatisfactory – the need to reinforce the result-oriented approach
  • The employees and managers fail to notice the potential of the evaluation system/ they do not put it into practice

What are the effects of our work?

  • The implementation of an evaluation system which constitutes a tool which supports the development and promotion of employees, and enables systemic and strategic management of people
  • The implementation of an awarding system based on generated results, which increases employee motivation to achieve good results
  • The employees are provided with regular feedback about their performance, they see the benefits arising out of the efficient operation of the system

Why should you work with us?

  • A rich and diversified experience
  • A business approach to evaluation systems based on simplicity and usefulness
  • Assessment skills: we provide valuable clues as to what should be changed and how

Our approach and tools:

  • Assessment:
    • Auditing HR systems in terms of their consistency and effectiveness: individual interviews, focus group interviews, survey study, analysis of documents
    • Analysis of performance reviews and business results – distribution of evaluation scores and awarded bonuses
    • Measurement of internal customer (managers, employees) satisfaction
  • Design:
    • Identification of the measurement systems used to measure the fulfilment of objectives, cascading measurement systems, (see: Strategy implementation)
    • Defining the criteria of quality assessment 
    • Development of the principles of the evaluation system (based on the competence model and/or value model) and the awarding system
  • Implementation:
    • Trainings dedicated to managers and employees
    • Workshops for managers aimed at the establishment of high-quality objectives consistent with the strategy of the company 
Questions about our Solutions and Inquiries zapytania@houseofskills.pl
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Development (potential analysis, succession planning, talent management, trainings)

What kind of problems can we solve?

  • Dilemmas arising in connection with promoting employees: who? what for?
  • Lack of reserve staff and future successors
  • Insufficient supply of employees ready to assume responsibility and new obligations 
  • Lack of an employee development system
  • Lack of an effective development planning system

What are the effects of our work?

  • Well-defined strategic directions of employee development 
  • Clear career and development paths inside the organization
  • A specific pool of reliable employees (talents) ready to take on new challenges, including a pool of successors to key positions  
  • Conclusions from the analysis of the potential of key employees

Why should you work with us?

  • A considerable experience in the design and execution of development programmes
  • A wide range of assessment tools

Our approach and tools: 

  • Assessment:
    • Assessment of employee competencies and potential (Assessment / Development Center, 3600)
    • Psychometric assessment (MBTI®, Extended DISC®, Hogan Assessment Systems, Skala Potencjału Przywódczego™, Facet 5®, Success Insights™)
  • Design and implementation of talent management programmes
  • Formulation of employee development plans and career paths
  • Definition and implementation of competence models
  • Formulation of succession plans
  • Design and implementation of coaching and mentoring programmes 
Questions about our Solutions and Inquiries zapytania@houseofskills.pl
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Improving HR function

What kind of problems can we solve?

  • New expectations in business towards HR function
  • Change in the HR operation model, e.g. the implementation of Business Partner model
  • HR fails to be viewed as a partner (far away from business)
  • Unsatisfactory measurement of the effectiveness of HR function
  • Incomplete HR strategy inconsistent with the business strategy 

What are the effects of our work?

  • HR supporting business, HR valued by business
  • HR as an informed partner creating its image
  • A clearly defined role and responsibility of HR
  • Well-defined HR strategy and implementation plan 

Why should you work with us?

  • We have a practical business approach
  • We question the validity of HR initiatives (first why?, then what?)
  • We ensure a comprehensive view of HR, we take into account the connection between HR and other functions 

Our approach and tools:

  • The assessment of the effectiveness of HR processes
  • The development and implementation of a Business Partner role in HR
  • The development of a personnel strategy
  • The development of career paths in HR
  • The development of HR competencies (strategic management)
Questions about our Solutions and Inquiries zapytania@houseofskills.pl

We had the pleasure to work with:

agros nova
alior bank
axa
shell polska
bayer
usp zdrowie
asseco poland
gaz system
skanska
symantec
nivea polska
db schenker
medicover
bridgestone
sony poland
real
smyk
eltel
danone

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