Today’s leaders increasingly need to adjust their strategy in ‘real time’. This can create mis-alignment throughout their organization, because such rapid or repeated change calls into question the way teams are structured, how roles are defined, how performance and governance is enabled and measured, and whether previously successful behaviours will be right for a new reality.
I’m not the first (and won’t be the last) person to point out that we’ve just been through a dramatic if not seismic period of disruption across pretty much every sector of society and the economy.
We are undergoing regular and repeated ‘shocks’ caused by global pandemic, climate emergency, extreme weather events, protest and political fracture. This has been particularly acute over the last 12 months and it seems any notion of ‘normal’ will be a pipe dream for some time to come.
If you want to learn more, here are some resources and examples to inspire you.
Organization design and more
This is the ultimate expert community in Europe for organization design. Here you will find updates, training and events.
The first book already inspired countless people and organizations to work with purpose, wholeness and self-managing teams. You can buy the original or the shorter illustrated version.
For those who think “but that won’t work in my organization”, this book describes how a unit of the US Navy moved from command and control to a trust-based organization.
The secrets of building a great team and how you can achieve it with some organization design changes.
An active and inspiring community that shares a wealth of experience and case studies about designing different ways of working.
Stories from the field
One of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies is trying to change their culture with a different type of leadership.
Multinational engineering and technology company Bosch moved from a traditional hierarchical organization to agile teams, eliminating 7 layers of hierarchy.
A deep dive into the transformation journey at this large bank.
Why a multinational software corporation sees a link between mindfulness and financial performance.
How the world's largest home appliance manufacturer is organized in empowered, self-managed teams.
How a healthcare company with over 15,000 employees has an organization model based on purpose and self-management principles.