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organization design

Enabling Executives to Find the Right Organization Design

Organization design: What does it mean? Why does your organization need it? How do you find the one that will support your goals? The selection of the right organization design is a real challenge for today’s leaders – but an important one to tackle. Take the process for granted and

Executives discuss why HR is the best change management partner

Why HR is the Best Change Management Partner

Human resource (HR) leaders are uniquely positioned within their organizations to play a significant role in change management. Traditionally, they have been workplace policy enforcers, employee liaisons, and corporate communicators. However, the evolving corporate climate–and the influence of technology and workplace analytics–have reshaped the HR function. It warrants a different

Organization Strategy

Executing a Winning Organization Strategy

Companies seeking to gain market share have to execute an organization strategy that allows them to differentiate and win in the marketplace. There are many ways for organizations to differentiate. These may include, but are not limited to: Great customer service Most innovate product offerings Most convenient delivery method Best

Complexities

Using Organizational Alignment to Absorb Complexities

Competition has changed the corporate landscape and the way we must do business. Differentiation in the marketplace used to be much simpler: focus on making a great product or providing an improved or much-needed service. Those days are gone. Today, products themselves have become undeniably similar and struggle to deliver

Change Transformation

Avoiding Common Obstacles to Change Transformation

There is not always a clear path to an organization design and implementation of a strategic plan. While leadership might decide that a change is in the best interest of the company, there are many obstacles that could stand in the way of a real change transformation. Our work with

Organization Change

How to Effectively Implement Organization Change

I am often asked how to implement organization change. Effective implementation starts with the leadership team. The role of leadership in change management is to: Facilitate Change: Bringing the right people together, understanding the parts of the organization that will be affected, and knowing how to orchestrate the complexity of

Boxology: The Mythical Science of Organizational Change

Altering the organization’s structure might be necessary, but approaching change by changing the organization chart alone is insufficient in most cases. Over the years, a pseudo-science has emerged that focuses on finding the perfect organization chart. We call this boxology. Even if a perfect organization chart did exist (with the

Give Human Resource Business Partners a Break

As we work with major organizations undergoing HR transformation (and many are still underway), we find variants of the three-pronged HR delivery model (business partners, HR operations and centers of expertise) popularized by David Ulrich over 20 years ago. One recurring challenge is freeing up Business Partners to fulfill the strategic relationship building and brokering role envisioned in many, if not most HR models.

Strategy: Making Tough Choices

One vicious reality facing organizations today is the need to have a clear strategy. With the unlimited opportunities and choices out there, the challenge is making choices that support, reinforce, and align with your organization’s strategy. Without a strategy, the only chance for success is winning the ‘operational efficiency rat-race,’ which is the zero-sum game of cutting costs and enhancing productivity at a pace faster than competitors. More than one company has found itself drowning in the noise of ‘strategic static’—lowering costs and attempting to survive the rat race.