Using AI to Decentralize Organizations

Harvard Business

There are no managers, no strict job roles, and no vacation limits at Satalia, a London-based company that delivers AI solutions. Organizational structure Operations management Disruptive innovation AudioHow does it work?

When to Decentralize Decision Making, and When Not To

Harvard Business

Hence, when (re-)designing the organization structure, they tend to decentralize decision-making, so that decision rights are as close as possible to the people who deal with customers, competitors, front-line employees, and other stakeholders. By doing so they avoid the delays associated with information and approvals traveling up and down the management hierarchy. Decentralization allows immediacy in time and place, hence responsiveness. Artrise/istock.

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Candidate Management During a Crisis

N2Growth Blog

I am no stranger to the challenges of candidate management during a crisis. Most companies have decentralized their teams due to social distancing, measures directed by state and federal governments to keep people home and prevent further spread of the disease. Consider the following recommendations for effective candidate management during a crisis: Empathize: In a situation like this, it is human nature to think about one’s own health, safety, career, and expenses first.

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View from the 40th Floor: Change at the Top and Bottom

Decker Communication

As we close out the decade, let’s look at how leadership has become decentralized and team-oriented. Ken Blanchard is a friend of mine (and the very successful author of The One Minute Manager ) who knows well the changes in leadership over the last 40 years. ” For the C-suite, decentralization also means it’s critical to communicate a vision that cascades through the organization. (Part 4 of a series by Bert Decker ).

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Starfish vs Spiders


Morgan (2005) uses a great image of a spider-plant to describe the decentralization trend. Handy’s (1998) shamrock organization might provide the right blend of centralization and decentralization to make it worthwhile for for-profit companies. A company could be centralized on one-leaf and decentralized on another. Other than the optional PayPal payment system, the marketplace is completely decentralized.

Transforming a Management System – A Case Study From the Madison Wisconsin Police Department

Curious Cat

Begin discussion with top management team and train them. Share feedback with the chief and his management team. Get buy-in from top department managers. This begins at the top with the chief and the chief’s management team. If top managers within the organization are not authentically practicing Quality Leadership neither will anyone else. An elected, rank-and-file police officer, is added to the chief’s management team. Managing conflict.

How This Crisis Will Change the Future Of Leadership

Lead from Within

Times of crisis show us the value of decentralized leadership, and the ability to create a network of talented experts with access to good data is fast becoming an essential leadership skill. The One Aspect Of Crisis Management That No One Talks About. Blog Change Communication Crisis Management Lead From Within Leadership Leadership Development Management Workplace Future Leadership Lead from Within

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How To Make Two Key Contradictions of Leadership Work For You

Terry Starbucker

There must be centralization to deliver decentralization. Then there is the really “bizarro&# contradiction of centralization/decentralization. Sacks puts his finger on this absolutely perfectly: “You have to be centralized with respect to direction, decentralized with respect to execution&#. It’s the moment of truth. That moment when all of what you’ve put into your leadership comes to fruition. It’s when a teammate engages with a customer.

Being a Good Leader is Tough Stuff

Lead Change Blog

This transactional stuff is all part of being a manager. They know when to centralize and decentralize to maintain efficiency without sacrificing effectiveness. Genuine leaders manage with their head and lead with their heart. Anyone who supervises others is automatically tasked with planning, organizing, and directing. Every boss gives orders and assigns work. Their employees follow their directions and complete the work assigned to them within the parameters given.

Case Study: Adopting a Deming Management System in a Service Company

Deming Institute

Total Quality Management in Logistics: a case study from the trucking industry by Harry Lehman, Jr. (a As with any stated aim or goal what matters is how it manifests in real decisions but it is a good start to acknowledge how important that is to a successful management improvement effort. It is less commonly an active part of the management culture to train, nurture and value all the minds in the organization.

Bitcoin: The Future Global Currency?

Strategy Driven

One key difference is that bitcoin is mostly decentralized and is not controlled by banks or governments. StrategyDriven Editorial Perspective business management Stock Market strategydrivenBitcoin is the most popular cryptocurrency today.

Excess Management Is Costing the U.S. $3 Trillion Per Year

Harvard Business

million managers, first-line supervisors, and administrators in the American workforce in 2014. That works out to one manager and administrator for every 4.7 Overall, managers and administrators made up 17.6% We can get an answer by looking at the management practices of a small but growing number of post-bureaucratic pioneers. Operating decisions are almost entirely decentralized. million managers and the equivalent of 8.9 Juan Díaz-Faes for HBR.

You Need to Manage Digital Projects for Outcomes, Not Outputs

Harvard Business

Most companies manage projects in terms of outputs, not outcomes. Managers working in this context can be forgiven for thinking that their job is simply to finish making something. This problem of uncertainty, combined with the nature of software, means that managing our projects in terms of outputs is simply not an effective strategy in the digital world. And yet our management culture and tools are set up to work in terms of outputs. When is a project finished?

Frontline Festival: Leaders Give Pointers on Creating Connection

Let's Grow Leaders

According to David Grossman of The Grossman Group great leaders don’t just manage employees; they make sure employees are motivated, engaged and inspired when coming to work. David Chaudron of Organized Change recalls that Traditional Management theory had managers dictating work and assigning tasks to workers. John Hunter of Curious Cat Management Improvement believes it is important to focus on creating a shared connection to working together.

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How to Optimally Align IT with Your Business Processes?

Strategy Driven

For the IT architecture to be effective, it should be between centralized and decentralized. The enterprise architecture should manage changes in the architecture, but input by other employees should be appreciated. Balance between Centralization and Decentralization. To apply and appropriate balance between centralization and decentralization, the information pyramid can be implemented. And example of a mode 2 process is employee skills management.

Determination is Not Enough; Content Creators Need Blockchain on Their Side

Strategy Driven

Blockchain technology – the decentralized tech that was famously introduced to supports bitcoin – is now be leveraged to remedy the many disparities that exist in today’s online content landscape. The reason these name-brand companies are migrating to blockchain is because they recognize it offers a more efficient way to manage projects and tasks. Online Marketing and Website Development Blockchain business management strategydriven

What 20 Years as a Remote Organization Has Taught Us About Managing Remote Teams

Harvard Business

Once clear, consistent outcomes are set, management conversations shift from exercises in delegation to problem-solving sessions. We encourage you to experiment with outcome-based, decentralized models as you seek to get the most out of your remote teams. In his 1974 interview with ABC News , science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke painted a picture of how computers would change our way of life by the year 2001.

How to Seize Opportunity in a World of Disruption

Skip Prichard

In emergency management, Hurricane Sandy stands out. Its goal is to seamlessly meld centralized vision and planning with empowered decentralized execution – where everyone is encouraged to exercise disciplined initiative, improvise, innovate, and take smart risks in accomplishing a shared goal. Risk management is now a fully-developed rich scientific discipline. Of course, being good at risk management – mitigating threats and creating resilience – is necessary for agility.

Layoffs Rarely Pay Off: Here are 15 Alternatives

The Practical Leader

Many research reports showed that layoffs sometimes provided short-term relief but hurt most companies in the long-term: A study in the Academy of Management Journal , found that big layoffs often create even bigger turnover spikes soon after. Reducing wages for everyone with the highest percentages with senior and middle management. Identifying and removing underperforming supervisors and managers, especially those with weak people leadership skills. Your values are showing.

Is the Flattened Firm Falling Flat?


For the past few decades, the business press and management consultants have pushed for large organizations to flatten their structure. Flattening usually refers taking two actions to change organizational structure – removing layers of middle management while widening the span of control for the managers that are left. In addition, rather than decentralizing the structure of the organization, flattening usually results in a drastic centralization.

How Saying Less Can Empower Others to Say More

Skip Prichard

Quite suddenly I was forced to develop a new approach to management and leadership that involved a lot less talking. Executives, managers, and supervisors simply need to show a modicum of restraint when issues arise, giving those on the front lines the first—and best—opportunity to make decisions and solve problems. Everyone else downstream allows their managers to occupy whatever turf they desire. This is a guest post by Kevin Hancock, CEO of Hancock Lumber.

YESability: Driving Growth with Yes

Leading Blog

In Business at the Speed of Now , author John Bernard says that there must also be a shift in the way we manage our organizations. Then relies heavily on centralized control and specialization, whereas now relies heavily on decentralized autonomous action.” Do not challenge management or you will be labeled a troublemaker.

Culture Counts

Leading Blog

There I observed a wide array of Abbott executives, scientists and managers. As a manager “on loan” to Abbott from the University of Michigan, I quickly found similarities between the two organizations. They can pose major challenges for today’s managers, especially if those managers are part of a different generation. He is the author of numerous publications in the field of leadership, organizational behavior and management.

To Drive Digital Transformation, Focus on People

Strategy Driven

organizational structure (such decentralizing and aligning technology to business areas more effectively), and governance. Don’t rely on just centralized training — managers must be deeply involved in the development of their team members and hold them accountable to demonstrate ongoing mastery. Change Management business management digital transformation michael k levine strategydriven

Important Changes That Improve The Efficiency Of Your Shipping Operation

Strategy Driven

Improve Inventory Management. If you’re not managing your inventory properly , it’s going to take longer than it needs to organize and pack all of the products ready for shipping. It’s absolutely essential that you’re using good inventory management software instead of trying to do it all manually because that’s when you’re going to start making mistakes. When you’re managing your inventory properly, you’ll find it a lot easier to pack and ship orders fast.

Do You Speak the Language of Performance Driven Execution?

N2Growth Blog

Or, if you are responsible for managing Solopreneur projects, how can you be sure that the work will increase impact and productivity? Leadership Productivity Success Damian Pitts Innovation management By Damian D. “Skipper” Pitts. Chair, Organizational Development, N2Growth. If you are responsible for leading teams, how can you be sure that the work being done throughout the day will innovatively increase impact and productivity to make tomorrow a better place?

The Real Reasons Companies Are So Focused on the Short Term

Harvard Business

In particular, there are three widespread, interrelated structural trends that have fostered short-termism and reduced corporate innovativeness: increased hiring of outside CEOs (particularly from the late 1980s through the 2008 recession); the decentralization of R&D (over a similar time frame); and a focus on the “development” side of R&D rather than the “research” side. Instead of decentralizing R&D, recentralize it. MirageC/Getty Images.

The Strategy Execution Disconnect

Six Disciplines

Eight central factors set apart those companies whose employees have confidence in their company's ability to effectively execute from those with reported strategy-execution gaps: Change is well-managed by top management. Decisions and actions are well coordinated across different levels of management. The actions and decisions of top management are consistent with their espoused objectives, values, and priorities.

How to Get Experts to Work Together Effectively

Harvard Business

Another approach is to let teams self-manage. These teams are characterized by broad, open sharing of expertise and by decentralized decision making. Whether centralization (star structure) or decentralization (wheel structure) leads to better team performance has been a long-standing debate in team management. Most managers recognize the inherent challenges in each model. How should teams of experts working on knowledge-intensive projects be structured?

The Principles of Agile Planning

Strategy Driven

Many companies have managed to gain an edge tapping into its transformative power. After all, change is the only constant thing in Agile project management and development. Make sure top management understands this. So, open the channels of communication and decentralize decision-making. Project Management Agile Scaling business management strategydrivenAgile methodology has taken the IT industry by the storm, and now it’s spreading to other sectors.

Health Care Providers Need a Value Management Office

Harvard Business Review

A “value management office” can greatly enhance an institution’s ability to improve outcomes and costs across the enterprise. MD Anderson Cancer Center established its version of a value management office, the Institute for Cancer Care Innovation (ICCI) in 2008 with Thomas Feeley, a senior anesthesiologist and a coauthor of this article, as its head. Expand from process excellence to population management.

Care for a white-water ride?

N2Growth Blog

Forecasts often lead to disappointments, both for management – employees – shareholders and other stakeholders. Decentralization of power: increasing responsibilities for line positions and lower echelons; fewer staff levels and hierarchical levels. To illustrate the above I would like to share the story of “permanent white water”, often told by Roosevelt Thomas, president and founder of the American Institute for Managing Diversity Inc.

9 Reasons Your Leadership Development Program is Failing

Nathan Magnuson

Still others may revolve around an decentralized model (such as a mentoring program). Your HR or talent development team may be responsible for building the infrastructure and managing the projects, but they should never be the sole source of development. A recent Bersin study reported that U.S. companies invest over $2,000 in leadership development initiatives per company leader. That’s great news. But is it worth the investment?

4 Tips for an Effective Enterprise Mobility Strategy

Strategy Driven

But is there are a way to still drive innovation with an increasingly decentralized lifeforce? New working styles means new processes and you should start looking at a few Lean approaches that will provide you with a centralized management system with built-in collaboration and communication tools. Tactical Execution business management Global Workforce strategydriven

Nathan Magnuson's New Book Teaches, Inspires And Builds Your Confidence

Eric Jacobson

First, it's to decentralize leadership expertise by demonstrating how we can all become leadership experts - starting right where we are. Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Ignite Your Leadership Expertise Leadership Leadership Books Nathan Magnuson New LeadersNew to your leader role? Or, already a leader, but looking to hone your skills?

In Defense of Hierarchies


Whether they promote flat, matrixed, open or decentralized organizations the message is the same: hierarchies are out-dated and need to be scrapped. He writes, speaks, and serves on the faculty of management at Oral Roberts University’s College of Business. There is a growing trend among organizational consultants and gurus toward democratic workplaces.

When Managing Complexity, Less is More

Harvard Business Review

How does one successfully manage a company with a dozen diverse, decentralized businesses of varying sizes that employ over 100,000 people in 130 countries, especially in an uncertain economic environment? Even if you aren't managing a conglomerate like Maersk, sometimes the best way to address the most complex management challenge is to do less, not more. Execution Managing people Managing yourself

How to Expedite Innovation: Communication Loops & Red-Tape-Worms

Mike Cardus

If you are a manager you know that challenges can be overcome by solid people and systems. Endless reference back and forth and up and down the Management Structure. Excessive ‘decentralization’ or ‘centralization’. This can happen in the information based meetings that Sue ( Mark’s manager) has with the other managers. A manager must be able to add value to the work of immediate subordinates.

Book Review: E Pluribus Kinko’s


I’ve been playing around a lot with the idea of democracy in organizations (and the feasibility of its extremist cousin, decentralization). Author Dean Zatkowsky blends his own experience at Kinko’s with the greater case study of the organization, and even some classic management theory. The second was the chapter “Theory X & Theory Why” a tribute to McGregor that makes the case for hiring self-motivated people so management doesn’t have to supervise.

What Blockchain Means for the Sharing Economy

Harvard Business

Today we are moving toward a new model of increasingly decentralized organizations, where large operators are responsible for aggregating the resources of multiple people to provide a service to a much more active group of consumers. Blockchain facilitates the exchange of value in a secure and decentralized manner, without the need for an intermediary. But the most revolutionary aspect of blockchain technology is that it can run software in a secure and decentralized manner.

The Hidden Costs of Initial Coin Offerings

Harvard Business

Those benefits fall into three categories: To jumpstart network effects that provide a first-mover advantage: Many of the projects being built using blockchain technology are “protocols” that govern the interactions between users in a decentralized autonomous network. In this framing, the native tokens issued through the ICO are the means through which users transact between a decentralized network of participants without the need for any central organization or platform.

“Leadership is Marketing” – Peter Drucker Said What?

Tanveer Naseer

Instead he spent the better part of his 96 years unraveling the secrets of management. He did this to such a degree that he became recognized as the “Father of Modern Management.” Drucker’s Contributions You can’t talk about Drucker’s spectacular success as a management guru and fortune teller without noting that his first big public prediction was a bust. at First In his first book devoted entirely to management Drucker wrote: “Leadership is of upmost importance.

The 3 Stages of a Country Embracing Renewable Energy

Harvard Business

At the same time, we’re also seeing the decentralization of power production. Countries that manage to transition effectively to low-carbon generation technologies will be home to competitive energy solutions and manufacturing firms that are more resilient to energy shocks and weather disruptions. While regulatory policy, implementation, and rollout may differ from country to country, decentralization typically encompasses three phases.