Aligning a Multifaceted Organization

Following the metaphor of an organization as a Rubik’s Cube, we have identified 8 common, but misguided moves of organizational change.  These are Stumbling Blocks. But for each of these we offer an alternate move, or Building Block. These are solid principles or methods for leading organization alignment.

8 Stumbling Blocks

  1. 1
    Boxology

    Concentrating mostly on redrawing the boxes on the organization chart

  2. 2
    Off-the-Shelf Organizations

    Selecting a new organization structure from a limited set of templates.

  3. 3
    The Secret Society

    Limiting the work of organization design to just a few high-level leaders.

  4. 4
    Starting with Names

    Aligning an organization to top talent.

  5. 5
    "Real" Work

    Hastening through alignment to get on with the real work of leadership.

  6. 6
    Grow or Cut

    Believing that organizations cannot increase revenues and reduce expenses at the same time.

  7. 7
    The Simplicity Complex

    Offering simplicity to customers without adapting the enterprise accordingly.

  8. 8
    One and Done

    Striving for a perfect organization, once and for all.

8 Building Blocks

  1. 1
    Align All Systems

    Vetting all facets of the enterprise for their alignment to strategy.

  2. 2
    Tailor to Strategy

    Creating a unique, customized organization structure.

  3. 3
    Co-create

    Involving key leaders and experts throughout the organization.

  4. 4
    Staffing Follows Structure

    Aligning talent to strategy.

  5. 5
    Become an Alignment Leader

    Recognizing that alignment is among the most crucial work done by leaders.

  6. 6
    Resource and Reduce

    Using alignment as a tool to accomplish both growth and savings goals.

  7. 7
    Absorb Complexity

    Offering simplicity to customers while managing complexity in the enterprise.

  8. 8
    Design Fluidly

    Maintaining alignment in a smooth and ceaseless flow.