Leading Towards a Network Organization

Lead Change Blog

In a previous blog , I wrote about why you should transform your organization into a network organization and promised to write about how to lead that transformation. To recap, a network organization is all about communities based on connectors and content. Connectors come from all layers of your hierarchy, know who’s who, know many people, have contacts throughout the organization, and get things done by connecting people to each other.

Community Management

Lead Change Blog

A network organization is resilient and sustainable. One of the largest barriers in several organizations is that many managers still tend to think using hierarchical paradigms. What works better is transforming your organization into a network organization. Okay, but what is a network organization and how and why does it work? So part one of creating a network organization is ensuring online and offline (social) networking is in place.

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Hundreds of Employee Engagement Ideas

Michael Lee Stallard

1 Comment so far Frode H on July 27th, 2010 David Zinger’s network is amazing.

Lead by Providing Bearing, Room, and Backup

Lead Change Blog

How do you lead your team in today’s organization? A pure form of self-directed teams is a paradox, in that it would allow a team to go in a direction that doesn’t really fit with the organization. So even when dealing with self-directed teams, or with a network organization , you as leader will always have the responsibility to provide bearing. Obviously the Why of the team will need to serve the Why of the organization!

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Four Factors for the 21st Century

Lead Change Blog

That’s an entirely different paradigm than in the 1950’s of pursuing one profession during a lifetime, probably for only one organization! What’s good for the organization. If coworkers will change profession that often, what then is good for the organization? Why is this good for the organization? So, the organization will continuously need to adapt to an ever-changing environment and need personnel who operate well in this (ever new) environment.

20 Essential Terms that You Need to Know to Transform Your Business

N2Growth Blog

Whenever you begin business transformation work, it’s important to establish a common vocabulary that everyone in the organization can grasp and incorporate into their respective vocabularies. Work teams are formed to meet the demands of the organization.

0710 | Writing the Org Chart in Pencil with Liann Eden


Using an innovative organizational design, Eden is able to bring the brightest consultants to client projects by forming bespoke teams. How networked organizations are the way of the future. Leadership Podcast leadership networks organizational Design teams

Care for a white-water ride?

N2Growth Blog

Some of those market trends are listed below, we all know them well, but have we all adapted our organizations? Developments of global network organizations. Great attention for innovation. Many organizations are finding themselves in permanent white-water.

Strategy Execution - The Un-Idea

Six Disciplines

Companies operated alone, rather than being part of partner networks or plugging their people into informal relationships. Innovation and intrapreneurship, Total Quality Management, Six Sigma, reengineering, networked organizations — these were all conceptual handles that allowed executives to justify and develop new breakthrough practices.

Reinvent Opportunity, Restore Satisfaction

Women on Business

Consider innovative training, including online and mobile learning; leadership development experiences including deliberate role rotations; and the creation of more clearly defined career paths. 4. Expand employee networks.

The Reinvention of NASA

Harvard Business Review

Though many would call that decade NASA’s golden age, we’d argue that NASA’s innovation and influence is even greater today. Since the Apollo program, NASA has faced funding cuts, competition from other nations for space leadership, and a radical restructuring of its operating environment due to the emergence of commercial space – all of which have forced the organization to change its ways of thinking and operating.

What Makes an Organization “Networked”?

Harvard Business Review

Most of today’s organizations were built on Weber’s principles. So much so that we see them as “the way things work” and forget that bureaucracies were once innovations too. If it can fit on an org chart, it’s not a network.

How Leaders Can Let Go Without Losing Control

Harvard Business Review

Every organization today wants to achieve both alignment and autonomy. Every organization has its mission, goals, and strategies to tell people where to go. Google has its nine principles of innovation. It’s a distributed governance model for networked organizations.

To Change Your Strategy, First Change How You Think

Harvard Business Review

Southwest’s innovation was to focus on low fares with one-class cabins, homogenous fleets, and point-to-point routes. ” We are in the midst of a massive migration in business models, from managing assets and delivering services to creating technologies and orchestrating networks. According to research by one of us (Barry), technology- and network-based business models are more profitable, enable faster growth, and are more rewarded in the marketplace.

Leaders, Drop Your Masks

Harvard Business Review

How can leaders spark and sustain change in themselves and their organizations? There were no real conversations about the bigger picture, how to get better results through clever resourcing or innovation.

The Metamorphosis of the CIO

Harvard Business Review

In order to keep up with these changes and to succeed, future enterprises will need to have three clear characteristics: They will be socially enabled; they will operate as digital business ecosystems, offering innovative services and products as rapidly and inexpensively as possible; and they will view innovation not as an optional advantage, but as the only advantage. Only a small percentage came up with anything that was truly innovative.


Maybe Your Team Doesn’t Need to Be More Creative

Harvard Business Review

When it comes to creativity, organizations are a lot like people. Where they fail, however, is at turning those ideas into actual innovations. Indeed, few creative ideas ever become innovative products or services. HBR Must Reads on Innovation. Innovation Book.

Value-Based Health Care Is Inevitable and That’s Good

Harvard Business Review

Whether providers like it or not, health care is evolving from a proficiency-based art to a data-driven science, from freelance physicians to hospital-employed physicians, from one-size-fits-all community hospitals to vast hospital networks organized around centers of excellence.