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Where Many Rivers Meet - Building Multi-Track Career Models that Work

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Where Many Rivers Meet Building Multi-Track Career Models that Work In a world where attracting top talent is increasingly competitive there is certainly a case for focusing attention on that special and small number of company roles that are deemed critical to success. Those roles may well shape the agenda, define points of focus, and…

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Organization Design for Early Stage Valley Cats - AKA The 1-day OD Project

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Organization Design for Early Stage Valley Cats AKA The 1-Day OD Project Introduction Silicon Valley is a get-it-done-fast world that has led the development of many new ways of thinking about how to operate a business. Design-thinking, crowd-surfing, hackathons and agile development are examples of common tools used by rapidly growing tech companiesto cut down…

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What use is data in organization design?

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What use is data in organization design? As access to tools that provide rich data about organizations proliferates, companies have a growing abundance available to inform their projects. Organization design projects require both quantitative and qualitative information, but “how much is needed?” and “to what end?” are questions I am increasingly asked. QUICK READ Do…

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Why is our go-to-market so inefficient and slow?

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Why is our go-to-market so inefficient and slow? How to speed up the process of getting from strategy to sales is, for most organizations, a complicated process that gets harder the larger they become. The complexity derives from requiring collaboration and efficient hand-offs across functional and operational reporting lines. Based on our experience, we have…

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How Will Organization Design be Impacted by COVID-19?

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How Will Organization Design be Impacted by COVID-19? In the face of huge upheavals with the COVID-19 pandemic, companies have few reference points on which to base decisions about how their organizations need to adapt to changing circumstances. Clients have asked me for my thoughts on how to frame their thinking. It’s early days so,…

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How Can We Increase The Strategic Value of HR?

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How Can We Increase The Strategic Value of HR? If there is one thing that has been a constant over my years in HR and decades as a consultant, it has been the sense that the HR function is too often a supplicant to other functions and lacks the confidence to see itself as an…

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How Should We Organize for Digital?

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How Should We Organize For Digital? Not since the world went from moving around by horse and cart to the use of steam engines, has the pace of change accelerated as much as it is now. So, when back in February 2018 Forrester published a paper entitled Digital Rewrites the Rules of Business it quite rightly focused…

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How Do Organization Design Projects Get Messed Up?

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How Do Organization Design Projects Get Messed Up? It’s a funny thing, but when it comes to the subject of organization design the first question clients usually ask me is: “How can we not screw this up?” Not unreasonably, clients recognize how unsettling these projects can be. They know that, too often, the results can…

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