A while back, I posted what's turned out to be my most popular post: The 8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses.  

That post was based on a management book I wrote some years ago, which also contained questionnaires to help companies assess their level of evolution.

Here's a video explaining the basic concepts:

 

The following quick quiz adapts those concepts into a way to roughly but quickly evaluation the level of evolution your company has achieved.

The Quiz

Evaluate the following statements according to the scale provided.  Hint: use a slip of paper to list 1-10, and then put an A, F, S, I, or N beside each number.  For example: 

1. I hear the buzzword "chain of command."

Always ____ Frequently ____ Sometimes ____ Infrequently____ Never____

2. People here have different life experiences.

Always ____ Frequently ____ Sometimes ____ Infrequently____ Never____

3. People here tend to dress formally.

Always ____ Frequently ____ Sometimes ____ Infrequently____ Never____

4. We adapt quickly to new opportunities.

Always ____ Frequently ____ Sometimes ____ Infrequently____ Never____

5. People here tend to agree more than they disagree.

Always ____ Frequently ____ Sometimes ____ Infrequently____ Never____

6. When people visit us, they comment on the diversity.

Always ____ Frequently ____ Sometimes ____ Infrequently____ Never____

7. The employees here are referred to as "troops."

Always ____ Frequently ____ Sometimes ____ Infrequently____ Never____

8. We partner easily with other companies.

Always ____ Frequently ____ Sometimes ____ Infrequently____ Never____

9. We passionately hate our competitors.

Always ____ Frequently ____ Sometimes ____ Infrequently____ Never____

10. We tend to have easy, open relationships with our customers.

Always ____ Frequently ____ Sometimes ____ Infrequently____ Never____

Scoring

For all odd numbered statements, score:

  • Always=1
  • Frequently=2
  • Sometimes=3
  • Seldom=4
  • Never=5

For all even numbered statements score:

  • Always=5
  • Frequently=4
  • Sometimes=3
  • Seldom=2
  • Never=1

Total your score from all ten questions and read the evaluation that matches below.

Evaluation

Your Total Score is 10-20: Your organization is highly traditional. People tend to wait to follow orders before taking action. Conflict and turf wars are common. Chances are you're finding it difficult to adapt to new market conditions. There's probably a "disruptive innovator" about to destroy your core business.

Your Total Score is 21-35: Your organization is in between traditional and entrepreneurial. Being "neither fish nor fowl" makes many people uncomfortable, especially when there is push-pull between what worked in the past and the changes that need to be made in the future. Your best employees may be looking for work elsewhere.

Your Total Score is 36-50: Your organization is highly entrepreneurial.  Decisions are made at all levels of the organization, without the constant need for management approval.  Relationships are generally considered more important than rules and regulations.  You adapt quickly and easily to new market conditions.