Transitions: Hierarchy to Holistic Structure

Transitions: Hierarchy to Holistic Structure

Is your organization’s structure sucking the life out of you as well as your business? In this episode, David and Justin discuss the transition from hierarchy to more holistic organizational structures and how the metaphor of the human body can help you, as a leader, optimize your potential. Here are the notes from the show:

  • Disney/Pixar have gone through this transition in a powerful way. Check out the story in Creativity, Inc.
  • Breaking down walls is a metaphor for allowing cross-pollination to happen between teams; it shouldn’t be a prescriptive design direction for space (am I right, fellow introverts?)
  • Hierarchy hurts organizations in five primary ways:
    1. Redundancy
    2. Blame game
    3. Loss of purpose
    4. Customer centricity
    5. Innovation
  • We all seek to orient our “why” with our firm’s “why”
  • Metaphor of the body is optimal model for future org structures

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