One of the most complicated factors in a company’s growth is the creation of its underlying structure, its ongoing development, and ensuring that the organization continually maintains a structure that is not just representative of the business, but appropriate for the business’ changing needs.
The Winning companies in the 4+2 study had a variety of different organizational structures – all of which appeared to have worked well for their specific needs – but the key factor in each of the successful structures was a fast and flat structure, and the virtual absence of bureaucracy. While bureaucracy can help ensure that decisions are effectively vetted and communicated, too much red tape can adversely affect progress and simplicity across the workforce.
As such, companies must spend a significant amount of time reviewing and assessing whether a given structure makes sense for the current status of the business, and if the bureaucratic “fat” has been effectively trimmed from the bone. At the same time, structural integrity can only be assured if the lines of reporting are in sync with the lines of communication, all but ensuring that division is broken down so that cooperation is a natural habit rather than a forced requirement (click here to learn why immunity to change is so embedded). By putting an organization’s best people close to the front lines, the company will not only simplify the decision making process, but ensure that it can adapt rapidly to changing market conditions.
Once structural success is achieved it must be maintained through cooperation and the exchange of information across the whole company as bureaucratic and communication challenges tend to be chronic problems rather than one-off situations.
How Avidium can help
While various structures may work for an organization, Avidium works with clients to adapt the simplest structure – one that is both fast and flat. This is typically done by reducing bureaucracy, eliminating needless complexities, and promoting cooperation and the exchange of information across the entirety of the company. We can provide managers with the tools to reduce internal competition, or support the hosting or mediation of regular meetings to force collaboration in the severest of circumstances. We also work with top management to identify the organization’s best people so that they can be handpicked for the most appropriate roles on the front lines. Finally, we work with both management and employees to “level the playing field”, setting the stage for a more empowered and energetic organization that is ripe for performance and continued innovation.