THE ORG COGNIZANCE MODEL™ & 14 Pt Checklist™

OGraph.io org chart software is tied directly to our Organizational Cognizance Model™ and was born from the need to easily capture and visualize the  org structure work we have done with 100s of clients. While training clients on the use of OCM™,  the 14 Point Checklist™, and the Three Clarity Areas, we realized we needed a software solution that would immediately bring OCM™ and  the 14 Point Checklist™ to life for employees and leadership.

Our mission is to eliminate organizational confusion and dysfunction. We do this by empowering every individual contributor in a company to be able to understand and embrace a 14 Point Checklist™ about their job and to visualize their 14 Point Checklist™ through an interactive organizational charting software they can see and understand.

Modern Org Chart Model

The Organizational Cognizance Model™ 14 Point Checklist™

  1. What is the Purpose of my Job?
  2. What Positions/Roles do I fill as part of my Job? What is the Purpose of each Position/Role?
  3. Who do I report to?
  4. Who is my Mentor?
  5. Who do I turn to for Coaching in each of my Positions/Roles?
  6. What Teams am I part of?
  7. What Meetings will I attend?
  8. What Entities (clients, projects, contracts, etc.) will I interact with?
  9. What Workflows, Core Processes do I participate in?
  10. What Processes, Procedures will I follow and/or maintain?
  11. What Systems do I interface with and need to master?
  12. What are my Objectives?
  13. What are my Key Results?
  14. What Skills or Competencies do I need now and in the future?

We want employees to be able to understand and embrace the above 14 things about their job and to see how they fit into the company’s structure, creating Organizational Cognizance.

Cognizance: Why is it is called: “The Organizational Cognizance Model”? When an individual can understand and embrace these 14 things about their job, they become organizationally aware.  When they can visualize these 14 points with an Org Graph, they become organizationally cognizant.

Walt founder quote: “Awareness is when you smell smoke, cognizance is when you know what you smell is the smoke from the cozy fireplace in the den vs an electrical fire in the wall. Cognizance reduces fear and anxiety.”

Three clarity areas inside your 14 Point Checklist™

Sometimes it helps to think of OCM™ and the 14 Point Checklist™ as creating clarity in three specific areas for employees and leadership:

Job Clarity,  Relationship Clarity,  Objective and Goal Clarity.

These three areas work in tandem to create cognizance and without all three interacting we have at best awareness. Often, you have already done much of this work, it is just scattered about, you have not mapped it out and linked it up, woven it together via Ograph to create the fabric of your company.

Job Clarity: Employees and Companies need to be clearly define and map these 6 things surrounding each Job.

  • Jobs and their purpose
  • Roles | Positions and their purpose
  • Core Processes | Workflows
  • Procedures | Processes | Work Instructions
  • Full inventory of the Systems we are logging in to
  • The Skills required for the above 5 points.

Relationship Clarity: Employees and Leadership need to clearly understand and embrace the 6 item list below:

  • Report To
  • Mentored By
  • Coached By
  • Team Member Of
  • Meetings Attend
  • Entities interacted with (Customers, Vendors, Contracts)

Objective and Goal Clarity: OKRs need to be tied into the structure, woven into the fabric of a company.

  • Objectives / Goals need to be clearly laid out and mapped
  • Key Results need to be clearly defined and linked

Do you see that you already have most of these answers? You can get started on your modern org chart today and start buidling your org graph.

Below is a graphic of the Three Clarity Areas to make Each Worker Cognizant.

Modern Org Chart Model
Modern Org Chart Model

ABOVE IS THE GRAPH SCHEMA UNDERNEATH OGRAPH SHOWING THE OBJECTS OF OCM™ AND CONNECTIONS USED IN THE 14 PT CHECKLIST™ TO LINK THEM UP

To read this diagram use your mouse as a pointer. Choose an object, say Person and follow the arrows into and away from the object.

Cool thing is this, you do not have to use all of the OCM™ objects and connections to make OGraph start working for you today.

Below is a table of the Elements | Objects of OGraph and thier Connections | Relationship Labels

In words, these are the arrows you see in the Graph Schema Above. There are 32 Relationships captured in OGraph.

Source Element | ObjectConnection | Relationship LabelTarget Element | Object
PositionCoachedByPosition
PositionFunctionOfJob
PositionAccountableForObjective
PositionResponsibleForResult
PositionAttendsMeeting
PositionMemberOfTeam
PositionParticipatesInWorkflow
PositionFollowsProcess
PositionMaintainsProcess
PositionInterfacesWithSystem
PositionInteractsWithEntity
PositionContributesToObjective
PositionRequiresSkill
JobAccountableForObjective
JobResponsibleForResult
JobAttendsMeeting
JobMemberOfTeam
JobParticipatesInWorkflow
JobFollowsProcess
JobMaintainsProcess
JobInterfacesWithSystem
JobInteractsWithEntity
JobContributesToObjective
JobMentoredByJob
JobReportsToJob
JobRequiresSkill
PersonOwnsJob
PersonHasSkill
ProcessProcessOfWorkflow
ObjectiveSupportsObjective
ResultEnablesObjective
WorkflowSubWorkflow
EntityBelongsToEntity

The Organizational Cognizance Model™ Graph Element Objects

A Graph database is made up of Objects | Elements (aka nodes) and Connections (aka relationships) that connect the Objects.

The backbone of the OCM™ are the 12 Element Objects pictured to the right.

  • Person
  • Job
  • Position / Role
  • Team
  • Meeting
  • Entity (Vendor, Client, Contract etc.)
  • Workflow | Core Process
  • Procedures | Processes | Work Instr
  • Systems we login to
  • Objectives
  • Key Results
  • Skills

Org Chart Software Schema
AJT uses Org Graphing software to capture complexity

"When I sat down, faced the reality, and modeled the cost to my company of not bringing new people up to speed using the 14 Point Checklist, I saw it was in the hundreds of thousands.”

- Clay G, CEO

“The really cool thing about using an Org Graph was to get all of our people into the game. Once our Individual Contributors saw how this was something we were doing “For Them” instead of “To Them”, they bought in and the Org Graph bloomed with amazing detail - all supplied by the people who really know what’s going on, amazing.”

- Bryan B, CEO

"Our engagement is up, our teams are more effective, people are able to go directly to the right person for an answer, when we want to change something we can SEE who it will impact and get them involved. All of this was hidden in the past behind layers of folders and files, text and outlines, never in simple diagrams and pictures, very powerful.”

- David, CEO

"The different ways to visualize the same thing really is amazing, sometimes I would look at what we created via a Hierarchical view and it was just scrambled eggs, then I clicked on Symmetrical View, and think, ah ha there it is, then we drill down with the Marquee Zoom tool and it just becomes clear, truly amazing.”

- Sara, Aqua Tots

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