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Change Formula Feb 21, 2021

Dissatisfaction with Status Quo x Compelling Vision x First Steps x Believability > Resistance to Change

The success rate for those who attempt a large-scale organizational transformation to achieve sustainable excellence is not encouraging. For example, suppose you compare the number of...

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Trial and Error Feb 21, 2021

CHAD - I know you’ve listened to the podcast some, you know I love innovation quotes, so I asked you to bring one too. What’s the quote you have for us?

JOHN - So I had to bring a different one this time, and I thought the one that fit what we were talking about the best was one that...

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Stakeholders - What is in it for them? Feb 21, 2021

Chad - Like the title of your book, [Re]Create the Organization You Really Want, I see a key benefit is making the organization that you want to work in, and everyone else wants to work in too.

WIIFM

John - That's the "what's in it really for me," or WIiFM part, right? It's your opportunity to...

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Benefits of Better Organization Design Feb 21, 2021

Fewer Fires

I think the first tangible benefit is you have fewer fires to put out. Often, we spend much of our executive time putting out fires. Working issues between those silos that got "mucked up" because we don't have a well-oiled process or culture to facilitate that work between the...

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Three Keys to Success Feb 21, 2021

Tenacity

One of the most significant issues for success is tenacity. One of the things that we found is that designing organizations is, first of all, never done. Even organizations that develop a great design and create high performance, if they aren't building continuous renewal and reinvention...

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Three Challenges Feb 21, 2021

Systems Thinking

The first challenge is developing a systems perspective and understanding of dynamic systems. We’ve been talking about this for over 50 years, yet we still don’t teach it in most business schools. We train people in business schools in different disciplines. So much...

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Organization Design Part 3: Alignment Feb 20, 2021

In this segment of The Everyday Innovator video podcast, Dr. Chad McAllister and I discuss growing up in silos and how alignment and integration is a key organization design concept.

CHAD

Designing the elements, like strategy, metrics, and the things you mentioned, make the organization the...

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What is Organization Design Part 2: What is it? Feb 20, 2021

Some people say organizations don't exist because they're not material things but rather concepts or collections of concepts. However, there are many physical things or artifacts that communicate what an organization is and how it works. So if we think about an organization as information, then...

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What is Organization Design Part 1: Why is it Important? Feb 20, 2021

What is organization design?

From our perspective, organization design aligns the stakeholders and their needs with the organization's strategy, systems, and comprehensive scorecard. These four "cornerstones" are held together by the culture (values, symbols, rituals, and heroes) that support and...

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What is Great? Feb 20, 2021

We often "throw around" vague words like "successful, effective, and great," but what do these words really mean? When it comes to organizations, what is "great"? Some have defined "great" as stock price over the years compared to other similar companies (e.g., Collins, 2001). While financial...

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The Prize Feb 20, 2021

Successful Organizations

Organizations that have taken a systems approach to creating value for multiple stakeholders have demonstrated improving results across a comprehensive scorecard. Comprehensive means a scorecard that includes measures for all the stakeholders and the systems that produce...

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The Framework Feb 20, 2021

Leading the journey to create sustainable value for multiple stakeholders requires the flexible combination of leveraging the forces and facilitators of change with leadership activities and behaviors, organizational culture, and individual leader characteristics. The Leading Transformation...

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