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Organizational Restructuring: Do it with Them, Not to Them

Recently I was talking with two executives about our approach for an upcoming leadership team retreat. We discussed their retreat objectives, possible agenda items, pre-assessment options, and who would participate. They’d recently brought together four departments into one service organization. They talked about rebuilding their organization structure and how to “fit the puzzle pieces together.” […]

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Systems and Structure Pathways and Pitfalls

Discover the Systems and Structure approaches that can help you to avoid the pitfalls and pave your organization’s pathway to success.

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Process Management Pathways and Pitfalls (Part Two)

Process management is an invaluable part of disciplined management systems. Discover the Process Management approaches that can help you to avoid the pitfalls and pave your organization's pathway to success.

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Process Management Pathways and Pitfalls (Part One)

Process management is an invaluable part of disciplined management systems. Discover the Process Management approaches that can help you to avoid the pitfalls and pave your organization's pathway to success.

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Process Management Improves the Horizontal Flow

While our organizations have been organized vertically (with individual, isolated functions), their operations depend on processes that flow horizontally (across the organization).

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Organization Structure Limits or Liberates High Performance

Improvement planning, process management, teams, skill development, and the like are either constrained or boosted by our organization's structure and support systems. If we are unhappy with the behavior of people on our team or in our organization, we need to take a closer look at the system and structure they're working in.

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High Performance Organization Structures and Characteristics

Research and experience shows that the shape and characteristics of high performing organization structures have a number of common features.

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Decentralized Organization Structures Empower and Energize

High performing organizations that are thriving in today's chaotic world, are adapting and pioneering a wide variety of highly decentralized structures. They are giving up control of people so that people can control their own and the organization's destiny.

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Pathways to Performance: A Guide to Transforming Yourself, Your Team, and Your Organization

Pathways to Performance: A Guide to Transforming Yourself, Your Team, and Your Organization

Managers keep searching for the sure-fire change and improvement path. But following the trendy and popular routes often lead them over a cliff or into dead-end canyons. Cutting through the buzzwords and theories, comes Pathways to Performance — a guide to help you, your team, and your organization blaze your own successful way to high performance.

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Overcoming the Abysmal Reorganizing and Restructuring Failure Rates

To deal with all the tumultuous change swirling around us today many executives rearrange their organizational structure. This seems to be an especially favorite approach of a new executive taking over a division, department, or organization. It’s almost routine when there’s been a major organization financial failure or big public blunder. But as with all […]

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Improving IT’s Internal Service Levels

The June issue of my monthly e-newsletter, The Leader Letter, went out last week. In it I included an item from my April 30 blog posting responding to a workshop attendee who read one of my articles with a chart on moving from casual or moderate to intense levels of customer service. She also asked […]

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What’s the Right Organization Structure?

Here’s a note I recently received from the president of a company we’ve been working with: “I am looking for a book/information on organizational structures. However, there’s a twist. We are currently set up as most companies are, with a vertical (silo) model. I want to change this. Part of our vision is to be […]

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