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Audit: A Starting Point for Assessing Your Firm's Mindfulness

How well do the following statements characterize your organization? For example, for each item, circle the number that best reflects your conclusion: 1 = not at all, 2 = to some extent, 3 = a great deal.

1. There is a sense of susceptibility to the unexpected throughout the organization.
Not at all
To some extent
A great deal

2. Everyone feels accountable for reliability.
Not at all
To some extent
A great deal

3. Leaders pay as much attention to managing unexpected events as they do to achieving formal organizational goals.
Not at all
To some extent
A great deal

4. People at all levels of our organization worry constantly about misspecifying events.
Not at all
To some extent
A great deal

5. People at all levels of our organization worry constantly about misidentifying events.
Not at all
To some extent
A great deal

6. People at all levels of our organization worry constantly about misunderstanding events.
Not at all
To some extent
A great deal

7. We spend time identifying how our activities could potentially harm all our stakeholders.
Not at all
To some extent
A great deal

8. There is widespread agreement among the firm's members on what we don't want to go wrong.
Not at all
To some extent
A great deal

9. There is widespread agreement among the firm's members about how things could go wrong.
Not at all
To some extent
A great deal

Scoring: Add the numbers. If you score higher than 17, the mindful infrastructure in your firm is exemplary. If you score between 11 and 17, your firm is on its way to building a mindful infrastructure. Scores lower than 11 suggest that you should be actively considering how you can immediately improve your firm's capacity for mindfulness.