BOIS links the desired behaviors to the required business objective(s) and the expected impact on the organization. The focus is on short-term gains so that the behaviors are sustainable during periods of accelerated change or disruption.
BOIS first identifies the specific behaviors that need to be influenced to support the overall organizational objectives. It ensures that behaviors align with business objectives so that we can track progress and measure success. We also look for short-term achievements that help ensure the new behaviors are sustainable, and that they can be maintained over the long term, even as the organization and external environment change.
One approach We find effective is to create an environment that promotes psychological safety by actively encouraging employees to share their ideas and speak up without fear, in order to make the desired behavior sustainable. This helps individuals feel more comfortable expressing their thoughts and concerns and experimenting with new behaviors.
Another strategy we like to use is to foster collaboration by pairing employees, keeping in mind the connection between desired objectives and expected behaviors. This develops new ideas, contributes to unique perspectives, and strengthens the bond between team members while you, as a change consultant, connect your strategy to the 4 domains of the BIOS model.
BOIS emphasizes behaviors and objectives, making it well-suited for organizations using OKRs. The OKRs provide a clear overview of what needs to be achieved, while BOIS outlines the steps needed to achieve this in a sustainable way.
As you can see, the BOIS Model is a powerful tool that can help drive exponential change in companies exposed to accelerated markets. By identifying specific behaviors that need to be influenced and aligning them with organizational objectives, focusing on impact and short-term gains (quick wins), and ensuring long-term sustainability, the BOIS model can empower organizations successfully navigate change, increase resilience, and build stronger teams.