Organization Design and its application to workplace complexity and order, how to design high trust work cultures with innovation and teamwork
I’m working with two clients through an acquisition of another organization. With the acquisition of talent and organizations, it can prove challenging when there are multiple leadership layers and no clear understanding of the value of each managerial layer, poorly understood boundaries of goal-setting and no agreement on how the organization promotes and supports people. … Continued
In organizations structured around people change can be difficult. There is a saying that, in such organizations, you can recognize innovators by the arrows in their backs. To make a change requires so many buy-ins, approvals, and arrangements that the innovator simply gives up before even starting.
You may be the person who is unable to handle the complexity of your role. Pointing up or down the hierarchy is easy. It is challenging to see the mess you created within your team.
When an organization is developed & designed for learning. Mangers are “Big Enough”, people work to their full capacity within a system that is actually built upon innovation, autonomy, idea generation, learning teams, & continuous growth. A system that works to drive out fear – to attract trust, we can see rapid growth & financial gains.
The elimination of the painful yearly charade of sitting with your manager taking 15 minutes to agree on what was your fault and agree on what ‘Exceeded Expectations’ vs. ‘Below Expectations’ – is a left over practice that is only culturally accepted as “this is how we have always done things”
Organization Design is the foundation of the company and how you operate day to day to accomplish work. With pressure the foundational cracks become more apparent and enlarge. Leaving everyone to do the best they can while their work and capacity to improve the company is crumbling around them.
Can a hierarchical organization with Manager / Subordinate relationships increase and attract trust? Can individuals be free in a system like this? Are justice, fairness and equity false assumptions within hierarchies? Isn’t authority the same as authoritarianism and autocracy; which repel trust for the sake of those in power?