Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Why do organizational structures need to evolve?

“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.” – Cynthia Occelli
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You’ve got to keep things moving. Stagnation is a sure-fire way to be passed by your competition, so if your business fails to evolve to accommodate the current market and demand, it will soon be replaced by one that does. It is important to trust the process. Don’t stress over growth simply because it is uncomfortable and uncertain. Your comfort zone will never produce anything new, so push the boundaries and allow your company that space to evolve.
Successful companies don’t fear the cracks and insides coming out because they trust their businesses ability to handle anything that comes its way, and you should do the same.team structure holacracy
According to studies conducted by Deloitte, today’s top companies are built around systems that encourage teamwork, people meeting each other, information being shared, and fluidity between teams to solve company wide problems. In order to become one of the top companies, or even a company that your employees enjoy working at, these changes need to implemented sooner rather than later for success.

Above all, stay relevant

If we look back at businesses that have succeeded over long periods of time, it’s usually because they had the foresight to push boundaries as opposed to sticking with what they know. My favorite example of this boundary-pushing innovation is Lego.

Expand your team

Two minds are better than one – and 20 minds are better than 10. Try to expand your team in accordance to skill level. Hire people who are talented and passionate about what they can do for your company. You are only as strong as your weakest link, so a strong sales team is fantastic but at some point you hit a threshold and need to focus on your marketing, graphic design, etc. to ensure that each team is equally strong.
To expand into movies, for example, Lego needed to hire an elite team of CGI experts and script-writers.

Give your current employees creative leeway

Set guidelines, but allow your teams to experiment and explore, because innovation is a byproduct of creative freedom. It’s always easier to prune out ideas that don’t align with your company’s ethos, but virtually nothing is more toxic to growth than a lack of ideas in the boardroom.

Arrange and rearrange teams

If you decide to break up your structure into teams, don’t be afraid to test the waters and adjust accordingly. Break those teams into micro-teams. If you find that one team isn’t gelling well, mix it up. If you find that another is more rowdy than productive, rearrange. It’s your organization, so organize as you think best …then keep doing it.

Encourage mentorship (young and old)

Oftentimes, mentorship is viewed as a senior member mentoring a new employee or an intern. I propose that you reverse roles and encourage the newbies to mentor their superiors. We found that utilizing fresh minds is a key component in relevancy.

Embrace technology

Technology isn’t slowing down anytime soon, so focus on mastering the newest versions of programs and staying up to date on office equipment. Not only is this more efficient, but it keeps your team sharp and prevents those pesky headaches caused by the sluggish loading bar. If you aren’t the best with technology, use Google, your employees, or add a new techie to the team.

Everything should be tentative in a growing business

In my opinion, one of the worst things you can do for your company and team is be close-minded. If you want to succeed, put your pride aside and welcome new ideas from everywhere in your company. You might feel like you know what’s best for your company, but it’s easy to get stuck in a rut, so try relying on others to pull you out of that. You don’t have to go it alone if you truly view a business as a team effort and embrace it!


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