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Are You Wasting Time and Money on Management Fads that Don’t Work?

There seems to be an endless supply of quick-fixes focused on a particular piece or part of the organization. Unfortunately, quick-fixes seldom work and often make the situation worse by causing problems in other unexpected parts of the organization.

We understand how spending all your time “fighting fires” can be frustrating, leaving even the savviest leaders feeling a bit overwhelmed, sometimes confused, and wondering what to try next.

 

Beyond Business School

While business schools teach the functions of business in their individual course "silos," most business schools do not teach you how to design and integrate these functions to form a coherent high performing organization uniquely suited to your situation and strategy.

What is needed is nothing short of a renaissance of organization thinking and design.

As organization designers of the future, leaders will need to master both the technical AND human aspects of organization design and change. What is required is a school of organization architecture, and that is why the Organization Design Studio™ was created.

The Organization Design Studio™ is a collection of "Do It Yourself" (DIY) digital learning and application labs helping leaders around the world learn how to [re]design and [re]build the organizations they really want and society needs. Our labs help leaders learn how to align and integrate their strategy, systems, scorecard, culture, and leadership to fit their organization's unique context and produce sustainable excellence for multiple stakeholders. And then design custom organizational and managerial systems throughout the organization that fit their unique organization "like a glove."

Successful leaders in the future will have to become architects of enduring organizations by designing systems that create sustainable results for multiple stakeholders.

Like you, we are troubled by the time and money wasted on simplistic solutions that don’t work and the large percentage of businesses that ultimately fail. Good news, it doesn’t have to be that way! Years of experience and award-winning research have produced a different approach, one based on leaders just like you who learned how to create organizations that produce sustainable results.

The Book

“(Re)Create is a masterful, comprehensive, and systematic resource for how to craft a relevant, prosperous, dynamic, and sustainable business! John Latham’s breadth of academic and practical leadership experiences shine through in an engaging, thoughtful, and approachable set of ideas, tools, and principles for achieving both business success and leadership significance!

If you have time to read only one business book this year – make it (Re)Create!

Better yet buy a copy for your entire team and together (re)create the optimal culture, execute operational excellence, and craft engaging experiences that drive loyalty and advocacy of your people and your customers.”

Joseph Michelli, Ph.D. CCXP | New York Times #1 bestselling author of books like The Starbucks Experience, Driven to Delight, The Zappos Experience, and The New Gold Standard.

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Learning and Application Labs

Learn by doing in our digital learning and application labs and Become the Designer of the Organization You Really Want and Society Needs! Learn how to apply the concepts in the [Re]Create book and develop your organization and your leadership knowledge skills and abilities simultaneously.

The labs are “do it yourself” (DIY) digital experiences packed with practical application tools, assessments, and techniques to help you align and integrate your organization’s strategy, systems, scorecard, and culture to create sustainable value for multiple stakeholders and at the same time develop your leadership style and your leadership system.

What makes our Digital Learning & Applications Lab approach different?

Most organizations have tried numerous methods to improve organizational performance. Many of these efforts have resulted in mixed success. Few have been able to successfully make the changes necessary to achieve and sustain high performance. So what makes our lab approach to leadership and design different from those previous attempts?

Leaders become Organization Designers – Leaders become designers of the organizations they really want! They lead by example and "learn by doing" real work application activities. Leaders become self-sufficient with the knowledge, skills, abilities, and tools to continue learning after the experience.

Get the "DNA" right first! - Develop a solid foundation and framework for excellence that aligns stakeholders, strategy, systems, scorecard, and culture before working on the organization's components and processes.

Systems Thinking – A deep understanding of the underlying systems, relationships, and leverage points is the foundation for good organization design that creates sustainable value for multiple stakeholders.

Confidence – Our approaches are based on and use scientific learning methods and research to inform the custom design of systems, strategies, performance metrics, and culture to achieve and sustain high performance across a comprehensive scorecard.

Creative & Custom – Our methods integrate design thinking to help you [re]imagine, [re] design, and [re]invent or "create custom" systems vs. simply "fixing" the old methods.

Convenient – We use asynchronous digital media and methods which are convenient, flexible "bite-size chunks" for your busy schedule. The studio works on a variety of mobile devices, including laptop computers, tablets, and phones.

Better Value – No travel necessary; the virtual approach saves money with less stress on the natural environment.

Designer + Founder

As an Organization Designer + Researcher, Dr. John Latham helps leaders learn how to design and lead organizations that create sustainable value for multiple stakeholders: investors, customers, employees, suppliers and partners, society, and the natural environment. During the last 40+ years, he has enjoyed a wide variety of experiences working in and with commercial, non-profit, education, and government organizations in Europe, Asia, Pacific Rim, Middle East, and the Americas. His experiences range from Vice President for a $1.3 billion in-vitro diagnostics manufacturer with operations in forty countries to Director of the Monfort Institute at the University of Northern Colorado to Managing Partner of an international consultancy on leadership and design for sustainable excellence. Currently the Designer and Founder of the Organization Design Studio™ Ltd. – digital learning and applications lab for organization designers.

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