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Building an Organization That Works, Part 2

This is the 2nd part of an ongoing series–if you haven’t, we recommend you read the first part to set the context and get full value for yourself.

We begin where we left off:

Please consider for yourself what works and doesn’t work in your organization. How is your organization structured to support effectiveness? Innovation? Identification of potential obstacles or issues? Do members of your organization experience themselves as being responsible for the results of the organization as a whole?

It is valuable to consider by what format or structure an organization can most effectively and reliably facilitate access to the collective knowledge of the members of the organization. We assert that one key element of a successful organization is a systematic approach to communication. Every one who must be included in a given conversation is included, and, in a way, that minimizes inefficiencies while maximizing collaboration.

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Building an Organization That Works, Part 1

A historical model of organizational structure that has its roots in monarchies and the military is a simple hierarchy. In this system, all authority rests with the “boss” or leader of the organization. Authority to hire, fire, direct, create, and manage may be delegated to various extents and still, it is fully held at the top of the organizational structure. This has historically worked fairly well in environments where the way to accomplish what there is to accomplish is already known and clearly visible. It can allow for effective management of what the boss and/or bosses know how to do. There are indeed places where this may be the most effective structure for an organization. It is however taken for granted in many organizations that this is the correct way to do things, which in some environments and situations may leave a great deal to be desired.

There are numerous challenges to this hierarchical structure:

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