February 1, 2017 Organization Design

Benefits of Doing Organization Design in an Agile Way

Agile methodologies have been used since the early 2000s, and most people are familiar with its use in rapid, iterative software development. However, are there other applications for Agile methods and principles? Can we apply Agile principles more generally even...
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January 25, 2017 Differentiation

Overcoming the Challenge of Making Trade-offs

Every organization struggles to make trade-offs. Naturally, it is hard to say no to good opportunities. However, intuitively we know that we can’t be everything to everybody, that our resources are limited, and that not everything will fit onto our...
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January 18, 2017 Matrix Organization

Evaluate and Diagnose Problems in Your Matrix Organization

Although matrix organizations are not new, they can remain puzzling even to the most seasoned executives. How can you recognize matrix driven issues when you, as an executive, are embroiled in the matrix itself? How can you evaluate the effectiveness...
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January 4, 2017 Organization Transformation

Don’t Sprint an Organization Transformation Marathon

With the beginning of a new year, many executives are looking to improve their businesses, their market presence, and their competitive advantage over the course of the new year. This may include changes to strategy, enhancements to organization capabilities, streamlined...
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December 28, 2016 Matrix Structure

Do I Need a Matrix Structure?

Whether we like it or not, today’s marketplace is increasingly more complex.  As a result, many organizations have turned to a matrix structure to help mitigate the complexities. However, most organizations fail to fully utilize a matrix and instead it...
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December 14, 2016 Change Partner

A Key Ingredient to Change Transformation Success: A Great Change Partner

What is one of the most important ingredients in helping leaders guide their organizations through a change transformation? Having a trusted change partner to act as a guide, advisor, and sounding board along the way. But, what makes a good change partner? What are the five key to choosing the right change partner?
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December 7, 2016 Organization Design

Organization Design Demands High-Stakes Conversations

True organization transformation requires more than mere structural change. It demands that the organization does things differently and that executives, leaders, and ultimately every employee understands the organization’s intentions and strategic “difference.” This calibration of actions and thinking to drive...
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November 30, 2016 Matrix Organization

Matrix Organization Design: How to Get the Most Out of It

When people talk about matrix organizations, different ideas come to mind.  In the most straightforward sense, a matrix organization is when one individual formally reports to two or more managers (solid and dotted lines). We might also say that a...
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