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HPO leaders learn from the market, competition, and all associates. They align their organization with the principles of HPOs and adapt their organization elements as changes in the market and unexpected situations require.



“I want to develop an HPO, but I don’t have any experience with them.” Read More

“What can I do that will make a difference in the HPO journey?” Learn More




To lead the development of an HPO you need to be clear about your personal commitment and willingness to sacrifice your own comfort to make the breakthrough to high performance. More Information?


Value-Driven Purpose

Leaders aim to fulfill the most critical needs of their most important stakeholders. Their purpose takes shape as a distinctive business strategy, core operating values, and clear expectations that all add value to their stakeholders.



“Our company pleases some key stakeholders and disappoints others.” More Thoughts




You need a thorough understanding of all key stakeholder needs and then be able to shape a value-driven purpose that will drive your HPO. More Information



HPOs are produced by High Performing People. These associates must possess the critical competencies to deliver the value-driven purpose. They must be (like their leaders) also committed to HPO principles and systems and demonstrate continuous improvement to remain in alignment with market requirements.



It is true that many people have a hard time adapting to change. But it is also true that people change all the time. We can help you understand the dynamics of why people change. More Information



HPOs recognize that all work tasks are part of a process and all processes must be designed to fulfill the core needs of their customers. HPOs continuously improve their processes through closer customer connections and by working with each stakeholder for innovation, safety, and product development.


All processes are part of larger systems or networks of organizational units, resources, and information. Systems must be designed very differently than their individual elements.


1 understand why you are perfectly designed to get the results you get today. and 2 realign your organizational elements so that you get and sustain high performance in the future.

HPOs Today Part 1

What are they?

HPOs Today Part 2

How do they work?

HPOs Today Part 3

How can you make them work for you?

HPOs  Today

Learn about some of the very latest developments in the world of HPOs. Download part 1 of HPOs Today, the whitepaper by Dave Hanna, in collaboration with André de Waal and Jeffery Liker, combining research-validated High Performance factors, lean processes, and organization design principles from industry leaders from around the world.

Thought for the day

“For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, – and wrong.” –H. L. Mencken

Keynote Address at SIG Combibloc Obeikan Middle East, Africa

European Organization Design Forum
Dave will be the keynote speaker at a SIG Combibloc Obeikan regional leadership meeting January 31, 2018 in Dubai. He will review the key elements that shape a High Performance Organization (HPO) and give corporate examples of how they leverage better results.

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Shaping a High Performance Culture

This workshop is intended for small teams to learn how culture directly affects their business results and to plan changes in their culture to improve those results.


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Studies and Papers

Dave Hanna

The Organizational Survival Code:

Avoiding The Slippery Slope of High Performance

An analysis of the Top 100 companies over the past 100 years reveals an alarming number fall off the elite list every 10 years. Find out why they fall and how to avoid this fate. The Organizational Survival Code is a set of seven capabilities that enable any living system to endure for ages, whether in nature or in organizations.

André de Waal

HPO Global Study:

Research Behind High Performance Organizations

Over 290 academic and management publications in the area of high performance were studied to build the HPO Framework. Thousands of respondents from 1470 organizations in 50 countries indicated how their organization scored on these characteristics and how they performed financially. The data revealed five clusters, the so-called HPO Factors. When an organization scores higher on these five HPO Factors than its peer group, it also performs better financially.

Dave Hanna

HR’s Role in Business Turnarounds


Turnarounds seldom are accomplished by a brilliant individual acting alone; they require the teaming of different resources and efficient, supportive organizational processes and systems.

Six examples of leaders who navigated successful business turnarounds and a brief description in each case of what their HR managers did to add value.


“We have worked with a number of large consulting firms. But this is the first time we have truly examined the whole system to learn what improvements we need to make in our business.”

Business Leader, Western Union Co.


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HPO's Today

A one-day workshop that includes decades of research and experience to spell out what needs to be in place to qualify as a high performer.

Highly interactive organization simulation of key processes used by the most successful HPO’s in the world

Shaping an High Performing Culture a small teams approach

A one-day program intended for small teams.  Highly interactive, with the tools you gain in the session you will be able to make tangible improvement in your work place.

You will learn:

  1. The dynamics of culture
  2. What makes a High Performing Culture
  3. Culture and the bottom line
  4. Leaders and cultural change
  5. Action Planning

Aligning Strategy With Organizational Capabilities

In this one-day workshop we will use the Organizational Systems Model to connect the links between strategy, organizational capabilities, other critical systems, culture, and business results.

Your organization is perfectly designed to get the results it gets. Design for your stakeholders needs and the results you need.

Leadership Value-driven Purpose People Processes Systems High Performance Culture