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

Michael Lee Stallard Insights on Leadership and Employee Engagement Home About Hire to Speak Press Kit Hundreds of Employee Engagement Ideas Published by Michael Lee Stallard on July 22, 2010 04:59 pm under employee engagement My friend David Zinger, founder of the Employee Engagement Network , organized a number of leading thinkers and experts on employee engagement and asked each to provide 10 ideas to increase employee engagement.

Identification and Overidentification in Organizations

Management Craft

I found an interesting article in the Journal of Management called, Identification in Organizations: An Examination of Four Fundamental Questions by Blake Ashforth, Spencer Harrison, and Kevin Corley. Identification occurs when we define oneself in terms of the group/organization/sub-group - we become ONE with that which we identify. "I Would your organization and work group benefit from several strong and productive identifications occurring at once?

Revamping hierarchy: the declining hierarchical state of organizations and emerging alternatives

CQ Net - Management skills for everyone!

Is the 21st century the downfall of the hierarchical organization? Taking into consideration current discussions about agility, delayering and network organizations one could think that the days of the hierarchical organization are numbered.

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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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. It influences the way work is organized, executed and informs the ways in which quality measured. Engagement – Employee engagement refers to the commitment of employees to the organization’s vision and goals.

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.

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.

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. As changes are occurring at an increasingly faster pace both inside and outside the organization we might want to re-think our attitude towards “changes” as well. Many organizations are finding themselves in permanent white-water.

7 Conferences to Grow Your Business in 2017

Steve Farber

Here are the three main criteria I use when picking events to attend, followed by seven I wholeheartedly recommend that you consider for 2017: The Content – I want a conference with highly valuable, actionable content based on a sound curriculum, regardless of whether it’s coming from the speakers, networking, breakouts, or any other aspect of the program. The folks in the crowd with you are also there to learn, network, and try new things.

On a Consumer Watershed

Marshall Goldsmith

This trend means that leaders of successful organizations will need to develop different organizational structures, systems, and skills in order to meet these new customer requirements. Likewise, leading telecommunications and other equipment providers now have to compete by offering “network solutions” involving many products formerly sold separately. In a hierarchical organization, leaders can more easily give orders and expect people to respond.

Reinvent Opportunity, Restore Satisfaction

Women on Business

If everyone in your organization sees themselves as a mentor – and a mentee – a company has the chance to increase employees’ skills levels, confidence and satisfaction. 4. Expand employee networks. Special events, such as International Women’s Day, can also engage employees, generate feedback and offer opportunities for networking.

How to kick off a eventful Recruitment drive

HR Digest

If you do not acquire good companies and organizations, you might get bad reviews of the event and no more followers at the next season. Dates, budget, venue, organizers, companies, processes- everything! Planning and plotting a recruitment event is tricky.

Face-to-face networking is still the key to connections.

Strategy Driven

How important is face-to-face networking to sales, relationships, career, and success? I asked my commercial insurance agent, John Cantrell, to give me a synopsis of his networking strategies. He is a MAJOR business networker in Charlotte. I asked John to tell me what networking has meant to him and his business over the last 20 years. Here is John’s networking and leadership history in the Charlotte Chamber: Business Growth Network.

How’s your networking working? Better if you follow the rules.

Strategy Driven

I went to a networking meeting last week hosted by a formal networking organization called Business Network International. HISTORY: I began my networking career more than 25 years ago, so I consider myself a relatively sophisticated meeting attendee. This particular meeting is a pure networking group, rather than a social networking event, like a Chamber of Commerce meeting or an association meting. The post How’s your networking working?

Why the Problem with Learning Is Unlearning

Harvard Business

Ever since the publication of Peter Senge’s The Fifth Discipline , 25 years ago, companies have sought to become “learning organizations” that continually transform themselves. In every aspect of business, we are operating with mental models that have grown outdated or obsolete, from strategy to marketing to organization to leadership. They look to create network effects through ecosystems of customers, suppliers, and partners.

To Change Your Strategy, First Change How You Think

Harvard Business

” 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. ” GE recognizes that a networked business model requires a networked organization. Tim Evans for HBR.

The Most Common Ways You Could Get Tricked into Compromising Company Data

Harvard Business

An “accidental insider” is a well-meaning employee who is tricked by adversaries or competitors into revealing passwords or unintentionally installing malicious code onto organizational networks. According to a study performed by Accenture and HFS Research , “2 out of 3 respondents reported experiencing data theft or corruption from within their organizations.” Trick #3 – Gaining Network Access Through Personal Devices. JakeOlimb/Getty Images.

How Leaders Can Let Go Without Losing Control

Harvard Business

Every organization today wants to achieve both alignment and autonomy. Every organization has its mission, goals, and strategies to tell people where to go. But few organizations have comprehensive, communicated, and contextualized doctrine to empower decision-making across the organization. It’s a distributed governance model for networked organizations.

What Makes an Organization “Networked”?

Harvard Business Review

Most of today’s organizations were built on Weber’s principles. Today, we live in a time of transformation every bit as colossal as what Weber saw a century ago: a shift from hierarchical to networked organizations. If it can fit on an org chart, it’s not a network. Before Weber’s bureaucracies became predominant, most enterprises were fairly organic. Yet before long, it became clear that matrixed organizations also had problems.

The Reinvention of NASA

Harvard Business

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. NASA has moved from being a hierarchical, closed system that develops its technologies internally, to an open network organization that embraces open innovation, agility, and collaboration.

Putting Facebook in Perspective

Harvard Business Review

As you read each one, ask yourself how well they apply to your organization or work. Their social networks do this for them. Organizations: From Hierarchies to Networks. Organizations are also experiencing a shift as employees become more empowered and connected. Formal hierarchies are giving way to informal networks. After 9/11, the military realized it was now fighting a network of "super-empowered, hyper-connected" individuals.

Leaders, Drop Your Masks

Harvard Business Review

How can leaders spark and sustain change in themselves and their organizations? Christine’s team and organization thrived under her new leadership, boosting revenue tenfold and setting industry benchmarks for performance. She has since transitioned away from executive life and now serves as an independent director on several boards and president of a think tank and networking organization for top female CEOs.

We Need Open Data To Change The World

Harvard Business Review

Social sector organizations are in the business of changing the world, and the information they collect and use should be the catalyst for making that happen. Courtesy of broadband Internet and mobile wifi we now have global, low-cost ways to share data that every social-purpose organization can plug into. Here are two organizations doing just that. Each month the group would put $1,000 to the best idea from artists, community organizers, and techies.

Get Started with Big Data: Tie Strategy to Performance

Harvard Business Review

In a recent Harvard Business Review article we explore how companies require three mutually supportive capabilities to fully exploit data and analytics: an ability to identify and manage multiple sources of data, the capacity to build advanced analytic models, and the critical management muscle to transform the organization. Initially, the marketing and network organizations, rather than cooperate, blamed one another for the findings.

Women on Boards: Another Year, Another Disappointment

Harvard Business Review

And we have also seen a vast amount of enterprise and energy brought to bear at the individual level through education and networking organizations, many of which are designed for and focus solely on women. Women said it is because of lack of access to networks and those with decision-making power on boards, while men most frequently said it was due to lack of women in executive ranks—that is, a lack of qualified women.

The Metamorphosis of the CIO

Harvard Business Review

Eventually, businesses became department stores, specialty stores and malls, and finally, today''s e-businesses and networked organizations that support them. As Erik Brynjolfsson said, to succeed in the future, " We must reinvent our organizations and our whole economic system.". This will lead to new business models, new processes, more meaningful business interactions, innovation, improved and faster decision making, and a more agile organization.


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. Vaccines. Anesthesia. Penicillin. Bypass surgery. Decoding the human genome. Unquestionably, all are life-saving medical breakthroughs.

Maybe Your Team Doesn’t Need to Be More Creative

Harvard Business Review

When it comes to creativity, organizations are a lot like people. Instead, they complement one or two creative minds with diligent executors, savvy networkers, organized project managers, and, above all, hardworking implementers. Complacency: All organizations are victims of their own success , because success is the chief enemy of innovation. They have no problem generating ideas, including some that are potentially useful and novel.