ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE: ORGANIZE AROUND NETWORKS

“Networks, — social, neural, physical, metaphorical — enable connectedness and connectedness changes everything. Networks compress distances and time, that concentration speeds up life, and that, in turn, creates sociological and economic change” (“The New Victorian Age”, by Om Malik,  Fast Company, May 2015,  P. 38. Try to imagine the result if the human body decided to separate our brain, heart, lungs,…

AN ETHICAL TRIP WIRE

Throughout human history, mankind has proven quite capable of ethical breaches that inflict harm on one another.  Examples of everything from minor offenses to serious ethical lapses easily come to mind. Professional men and women with influence, power and authority over others, have their own profession-defined capacity for ethical breaches that often harm others.  Moreover, the temptation to risk…

A PLUG FOR TEAM MANAGEMENT

In their most basic form, organizational work units consist of four parts: (1) a  named entity of some size (i.e. a team, branch, staff, division,  etc); a service or mission focus for that unit; (3) an assemblage of human talent and skills to carry out that service or mission; and (4) a manager or supervisor responsible for making…

ADVERTIZING A JOB: TELL THE TRUTH

I recently had a long conversation with a disgruntled employee.  Her primary issue was that she believed she was lied to and deceived about her job when hired. She told me she applied for and was promised at her hiring a major creative role in a design firm.   She said her boss indicated that he selected…

CREATING POSITIVE TEAM CHEMISTRY

Now here is a dream achievement for most managers; creating positive team chemistry.  If only a manager could find the magic formula that creates a team environment where almost any accomplishment is possible. The trouble is, there is no magic formula. Moreover, positive team chemistry has aspects that are simply beyond a manager’s control.  The…

MERGING ORGANIZATIONS? MERGE PEOPLE AND FAST

Over the years I have observed — up close and from afar — numerous company, business and agency mergers. None of them ever went as smoothly as promised.  A few well-managed mergers produced minimal pain, while some others had their human victims in a perpetual state of anger and unhappiness for years after the event. There are…

KEEPING YOUR WORKFORCE ENGAGED

I have been following yearly surveys focused on the topic of “Workforce Engagement” for the last fifteen years.  These surveys have varied in their methodologies and organizational authors. Some  focused exclusively on the United States, while others offered a global perspective.  The results have varied but only slightly.  The core trend has essentially remained the same. Specifically,…

AT WORK OR WORKING?

The term “knowledge workforce” refers to those individuals who make their living primarily by developing and using KNOWLEDGE in their daily work.  The knowledge workers are our planners, analyzers, organizers, programmers, doctors, lawyers, scientists, marketers and designers whose contributions transform our business, commerce and government worlds. Because we can see the manual labor that constitutes most blue-collar work, it is fairly…

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