THE ACCELERATION INDEXTM
At SHIFTPOINTS, our mission is to help companies unleash the accelerating power of alignment.
Our Acceleration IndexTM is a proprietary survey designed to assess strategic alignment.
The Acceleration Index is comprised of twenty questions, which are aligned with the SHIFTPOINTS Drive One Direction® model.
In addition, The Acceleration Index is one of the components of the Pit Stop Program®.
Examples of our standard questions include:
- We have identified the One Thing that will serve as our "Defining Differentiation."
- Our senior executives function as One Team. They inspire trust, confidence and commitment.
- Our dashboard tracks a mix of financial and non-financial metrics. Everyone knows which number is the most important one.
Clients have the option of customizing the survey. SHIFTPOINTS has a list of over one hundred additional questions that can be used, or clients can write their own questions.
The Acceleration Index is web-based, and is administered by SurveyMonkey. Survey participants answer questions using a five-point scale, ranging from strongly disagree to strongly agree.
In most cases, clients will only survey executives who will be participating in The Pit Stop Program. However, clients have the option of opening up the survey to other key stakeholders at their discretion.
SHIFTPOINTS analyzes the results first by looking at the average score for each question. This provides insight into the best and worst performing areas of the organization.
In addition, we look for dispersion among the responses. As a result, we are able to identify areas where the organization’s executives disagree about a particular dimension of performance.
For example, we have worked with clients where the CEO "strongly agreed" that the organization’s vision was crystal-clear, but the executives reporting to him did not share that opinion.
This kind of information provides critical insights that are essential to leading a strategic planning meeting where the agenda is highly targeted and the executives are highly engaged.