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Disaggregate the organization

“The challenge is to create large-scale organizations without losing human scale.”

To intercept opportunities that come and go at lightning speed, organizations must be able to quickly reconfigure capabilities, infrastructure, and resources. Unfortunately, in many organizations, rigid unit boundaries, functional silos, and political fiefdoms hamper the rapid realignment of skills and assets. Large organizational units that encompass hundreds or thousands of employees pose another danger, as they often lead to groupthink on a grand scale. To become more adaptable, companies must organize themselves into smaller units and create fluid, project-based structures.

15 Stories
44 Hacks
4 Barriers

Disaggregate the organization

“The challenge is to create large-scale organizations without losing human scale.”

To intercept opportunities that come and go at lightning speed, organizations must be able to quickly reconfigure capabilities, infrastructure, and resources. Unfortunately, in many organizations, rigid unit boundaries, functional silos, and political fiefdoms hamper the rapid realignment of skills and assets. Large organizational units that encompass hundreds or thousands of employees pose another danger, as they often lead to groupthink on a grand scale. To become more adaptable, companies must organize themselves into smaller units and create fluid, project-based structures.

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I have never tried to define a bureaucrat, even thought I have encountered many over my career. Now, I think I have a definition of how it feels when you meet one.
Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on August 26, 2015
Let’s turn employment on its head. Instead of employees working for the employer, let’s make the employer work for the employees. Actually, let’s just retire the concepts of employer and employee.
Hack by Adam Schorr on June 24, 2011
Working in an environment with many distributed offices and timezones and correspondingly silo'ed projects, many employees never meet talented, creative folks on other teams who can be co-conspirators
Hack by Vijay Karunamurthy on September 19, 2010
Earning Motivation and POWER- EmpowerMaverick, allow employees to choose anything and everything related to work?
For all of the talk about the future, the loss of the great minds of futurism, and the significance that the future may or may not bring; the past can be a great predictor of the future in that there
Hack by Timothy Stafford on December 16, 2010
The trouble with instigating,supporting and empowering communities of passion (CoP) is that thebureaucracies we created to establish organizations and makethemsuccessful, particularly after the agency
Hack by Aaron Anderson on June 22, 2011
An enormous gap exists between management's ability to understand the research and their ability to successfully transition from outdated practices to more effective, people-centric models.
Barrier by Mike Tobias on July 9, 2010
Each company has a unique information footprint, so unique that the term “informational DNA” can be coined.
Hack by George Kobak on August 20, 2015
Across my work life, I often find myself in a situation of managing a fairly young team and trying to draw my team out and getting them to step forward to lead.
Story by Wynthia Goh on June 6, 2013

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