How to Embed Organizational Health into your PMO with Pat Rasile, Ep #22

In this episode of Tech Talent Today, I’m excited to be joined by Pat Rasile, Vice President of Strategy & the Project Management Office of The Church Pension Group. Pat oversees the group’s project managers and supports executive leadership with strategic planning, prioritization, and implementation of business and corporate initiatives. Listen as Pat shares his experience leading teams to be more strategic business partners.

You will want to hear this episode if you are interested in…

  • Organizational health [02:14]
  • Mindsets drive behaviors [07:07]
  • Advice for those running a PMO [12:37]
  • Hiring for organizational health [16:38]
  • Pat’s journey to project management [18:25]

What is organizational health?

Organizational health is a company’s ability to sustain performance over the long term. The Church Pension Group focuses on alignment, execution, and agility. Those three attributes are supported by 37 different practices, all laddering up to drive health and sustained performance. Organizational health is the foundation of becoming a high-performing organization. Part of that is ensuring that employees understand where the company is going, the plan to get there, and the employee’s contribution to executing that plan.

Pat’s team has partnered with HR to find the best organizational health solutions. Working together, they realized that approximately 50% of their employees participate in projects. If organizational health could be embedded into the execution of these projects, that would be another way to amplify health across the organization. When employees learn and apply healthier mindset behaviors, they can also apply them to their day-to-day operations.

Solving problems with a holistic approach

An organization wants employees to exercise a higher level of critical thinking, using facts to drive the questioning and analysis to solve problems. Human nature often leads people to go directly to the blame game, driven by emotions. That process diverts from the real issue at hand. Criticism thinking directs the spotlight onto a person and blames them. Rather than criticism thinking, it is better to focus on critical thinking by looking holistically for root causes and using the solution to drive better performance. Focusing on problems holistically has created a much healthier, productive environment for the Church Pension Group.

The healthier environment has helped with employee retention. When employees can connect to their work by being aligned with the corporate strategy and understanding how their work relates to that strategy, people are more likely to stay. People who are engaged with their work bring their whole selves to work day in and day out.

Organizational health and your team

Focusing on organizational health has changed how Pat hires for his team. While he does focus on the technical skill sets and the ability to problem solve, he equally looks for emotional intelligence. Pat wants people who can demonstrate and role model health day in and day out. He looks for people who not only embrace change but lead change, who can then have the ability to guide others to execute at a higher level of performance.

Pat’s greatest lesson so far is the value of discussing health at the onset of a project. The company is now making that discussion part of its standard practice. The company does a health assessment at the beginning of a project to identify those three to five key practices that would contribute. Another addition to the company’s practice is doing a midpoint health check. When health is ignored, it can become a detriment to performance and the project dynamics.

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