It was 1854, a year when streets were lit by coal gas for the first time and the diaphragm speaker (the foundation for the first telephone) was theorized. This was the same year that the first organizational chart was used. Sure, organizational modeling has progressed since then with functional, divisional, and matrix structures coming into play. But one thing doesn’t seem to have changed: their static nature. While the way we do business has fundamentally changed and the technology we use day-to-day has drastically transformed, we still use simplistic tools to build these models. And what’s more, when the tediousness of organizational chart creation is complete, they’re often shoved in a drawer or stored in the hidden depths of the company intranet only to be retrieved in the next planning meeting where the whole process begins again.
Okay, maybe this is a slight exaggeration, but let’s face it – this is your organization! We’re talking people you’re supposed to be working with everyday to accomplish the greater goals of your company. And it’s the 21st century, a time when virtually all information is at your fingertips, cars can park themselves, and you’ll soon be able to communicate through your glasses.