The Adaptable Organization Series

Part 2: The Leader

Posted by Don Miller and Tiffany McDowell on August 13, 2019.

In “Part 1: The Individual” of our five-part blog series, we explored how individuals united by a common purpose make up the core of an Adaptable Organization. However, these individuals should be empowered and guided by versatile leaders who are able to energize, empower, and connect people across the organization.

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The Adaptable Organization Series

Part 1: The Individual

Posted by Don Miller and Tiffany McDowell on August 7, 2019.

The world around us is moving at an unprecedented pace. Organizations that once benefited from a size‑and‑scale strategy have rapidly disappeared from the S&P 5001 and the original Dow Jones index.2 And today, just 14 percent of CxOs report a high degree of confidence in their ability to make the changes that the digital revolution requires.3 Today’s management systems, structures, and talent strategies tend to be outdated and designed for an era when size and enduring stability defined competitive advantage.

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Beyond boxes and lines: Putting the design in organization design

Posted by Robert Whelan, on March 22, 2019.

Companies routinely invest millions in crafting and promoting their external brand, including the embodiment of that brand: their logo. Meanwhile, internally, many of these same companies cling to outdated organization design representations—those familiar org charts with their boxes and lines—that don’t actually reflect how work really gets done or how value gets delivered.

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7 truths about the organization designs of the future


Posted by Tiffany McDowell on November 19, 2018.

I’ve been neck-deep in organizational theory and structural design for the last 20+ years. In that time I’ve seen the whys and hows of organizations evolve as the world around us has changed—why they exist, for what purpose, and also how they are structured to fulfill that purpose. There’s also been an element of “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” What will the future hold? Looking ahead, I believe I will see these seven truths go from early concept to standard operating procedures in my time as an influencer in the organization design space!

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Redesigning organizations to unleash the untapped power of teams


Posted by Kelly Monahan and Sally Schmall on November 6, 2018.

Calling all HR organizational designers! The future of work (FOW) is here and your organization needs you more than ever—not to stay the course but rather to design the right path to empower employees to learn, experiment, collaborate and innovate. Building the successful organization of the future will require agility and the ability to adapt to rapid changes unfolding now. How are you designing organizations today to be effective tomorrow?

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The flexible organization

Leverage Organizational Network Analysis to create a networked organization


Posted by Tiffany McDowell on October 17, 2018.

Network-based teams are a key component to unlocking a more flexible organization poised to deliver the agility, customer centricity, and front-line empowerment needed to succeed amidst massive disruption. By realigning select individuals across functions into networked teams, they can be focused on collaborating to achieve specific shared outcomes. But how can organizations identify individuals and teams to target to drive increased flexibility? This is where Organizational Network Analysis (ONA) comes in.

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Designing for efficiency and adaptability

Optimizing managerial spans and layers can help you find the right balance


Posted by Michael Puleo, Don Miller, Omar Aguilar, and Tiffany McDowell on October 4, 2018.

The speed of digital and market disruption is putting many businesses under tremendous pressure to improve how they operate, compete, and grow. S&P longevity is getting shorter: If current and forecasted rates hold true, nearly 50 percent of the current S&P 500 will be replaced over the next 10 years.1 Deloitte’s Human Capital Trends insights over the last few years also point to organizations struggling to cope:

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