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The Zen of Org Charts: Technology, Organizational Design and You

Posted by Eric Apps

Jul 12, 2015 10:57:00 PM

"Two monks were arguing about the temple flag waving in the wind.  One said, "The flag moves."  The other said, "The wind moves." They argued back and forth but could not agree.  The Sixth Ancestor said, "Gentlemen! It is not the wind that moves; it is not the flag that moves; it is your mind that moves."

Huineng, founder of the Zen school

 



 

 

Is technological innovation  changing organizations, or are changing organizational structures driving more innovative uses of technology in your workplace?  When it comes to thinking about changing organizational designs, where is your mind moving?

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Topics: org charts, Effective Organizational Design, Virtual Teams, Virtual Organizations

Getting Your Org Charts From Zero to One

Posted by Eric Apps

May 26, 2015 10:41:00 AM

 Getting Your Org Charts From Zero to One

 “Of the six people who started PayPal, four had built bombs in high school.  Five were just 23 or younger.  Four of us had been born outside the United States.  Three had escaped here from Communist countries.”

                                 Peter Thiel
                                              Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build The Future

Greed and Fear

It seems that a lot is being written these days about innovation and entrepreneurship.

Why is this?

Not surprisingly, greed and fear seem to be important drivers. 

On the greed side, innovation and entrepreneurship are associated with new wealth creation.  In the broadest social sense, creating new wealth (and the profits, jobs and taxes that go with it) is a significant priority, across the private sector and for governments....everywhere.

At ground level, the quest by individuals to find the “magic formula” that can turn “boot-strapped” start-ups into so-called “unicorns” consumes much of the attention of Silicon Valley students, technologists, entrepreneurs, VCs and the business media these days.  They pursue the hunt - mostly failing.  At the same time, they are being envied, studied  and emulated globally for their unparalleled wealth creation and story-spinning capabilities.  

 

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Topics: Corporate Org Charts, Effective Organizational Design

Building Blocks For Better Org Charts with Organimi

Posted by Eric Apps

Mar 30, 2015 8:30:00 AM

In today's blog we're sharing  some tips about organizational design, extracted from a recent article entitled "10 Principles of Organization Design" which you can read here.  

The article was published recently by Strategy& (the former Booz & Company organization acquired last year by global services organization PWC).  

Formed in 1914, and one of the earliest management consulting companies Booz was described by Time magazine in the 1950s as "the world's largest, most prestigious management consulting firm"; known, among other things, for coining the concepts of and doing pioneering advisory work in such areas as supply chain management, product lifecycles, and organizational DNA.

We're also going to close off by sharing a neat trick with users working in any organization with an alumni association or alumni network.  You can use Organimi to create an alumni network org chart (regions, chapters, local associations) and also create an "influence diagram" for your organization's alumni network.  We've done the example using some notable alumni of Strategy&.found online.

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Topics: employee engagement, connect, org charts, organizational design, Corporate Org Charts, Effective Organizational Design, sharing online org charts, org charts and innovation

Hooked On Org Charts: Organizational Design and the Choice Architects

Posted by Eric Apps

Feb 21, 2015 8:48:26 AM

Are You Getting Hooked?

It is an age old truism that when it comes to kids, and the choices they make, parents will always find things to worry about. 

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Topics: employee engagement, organizational design, organizational charts, Effective Organizational Design

Org Charts and Innovation: Adopting Adaptive Organizational Designs

Posted by Eric Apps

Nov 17, 2014 4:38:10 PM

 

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Topics: Corporate Org Charts, Effective Organizational Design, sharing online org charts, org charts and innovation

Clean Up In Aisle 5: Retail Org Charts, Change Architects & The New HR

Posted by Eric Apps

Oct 8, 2014 6:30:00 AM

Most of you are likely familiar with the catch phrase "Clean Up In Aisle 5"....used colloquially to describe any sort of mess in progress and in need of some attention.

I was thinking about that expression between episodes of Dating Naked and The Mindy Project ....all the while pondering this week's org charts blog.  Seriously.  

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Topics: employee engagement, org charts, organizational design, Corporate Org Charts, Effective Organizational Design

Work around and what it creates?

Posted by Lars Hansen

Aug 5, 2014 10:03:39 AM

There is the official list of policies and procedures and then there is the unofficial approach.  The work around is celebrated in many organization but one of the unintended consequences is that if the work around was used because a problem needed to be addressed, the problem can often remain.

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Topics: Corporate Org Charts, Effective Organizational Design, Remote Teams, Remote Work

It’s the Rules: How much DIY is good in relation to HR?

Posted by Lars Hansen

Jul 15, 2014 4:23:32 PM

 


More often than not many organizations can often suffer from paralysis not because there is a deficit in thinking but more often a strong degree of uncertainty concerning who is authorized to take what action or make a decision in relation to a specific challenge.  It can create a culture where people are unwilling or unable to “stick their neck out” to do something and create the classic Career Limiting Move that everyone wants to avoid.  A command and control, hierarchical environment can often fall victim to this undercurrent of corporate culture and then as a result fail to grasp and identify opportunities in the market that would otherwise be well within their reach or ability.  

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Topics: Corporate Org Charts, Effective Organizational Design, Remote Teams

Leaning Back With Some Summer Org Chart Projects

Posted by Eric Apps

Jul 1, 2014 6:30:29 AM

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Topics: employee engagement, org charts, Corporate Org Charts, Effective Organizational Design, sharing org charts on Twitter, sharing org charts on LinkedIn, sharing org charts on Pinterest

Org Charts, Organizing and Unions: May Day, May Day

Posted by Eric Apps

May 10, 2014 11:43:44 AM

It's hard to believe, in my part of the northern hemisphere anyway, that we're halfway between the vernal equinox (aka the start of the season formerly known as spring) and the summer solstice.  

2014 may well be remembered as "the spring that never came".   I've become so frustrated, I recently took in a night of axe throwing to relieve the tension and explore my Viking we-don't-mind-the-cold-lets-get-out-there-and-explore roots.

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Topics: org charts, Corporate Org Charts, Team Collaboration, Effective Organizational Design, Virtual Organizations, sharing org charts on Twitter, sharing org charts on LinkedIn, sharing org charts on Google, sharing org charts on Pinterest, sharing org charts on Facebook, sharing online org charts, organizational transparency and org charts, org charts and unions

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