Too Many Direct Reports With Your Flat Organization Structure? How To Lessen The Impact

Michael VanBruaene

With many organizations wanting to be lean and have a flat organization reporting structure, managers can become overwhelmed by the number of employees reporting directly to them; and have difficulty effectively managing their direct reports and the operations for which they are responsible. . Do your directions and instructions specifically state that which you expect in terms of work product/service? . In fact are you only busy during certain time periods of the year?

Leadership and Self-Awareness

N2Growth Blog

If you’re in a position of leadership and don’t feel you have any blind spots, you’re either very naïve or very arrogant. Let me be as clear as I can – the more responsibility a leader has, the bigger their obligation to be on the forward edge of learning, growth and development.

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The “Next Practices” of Strategy-Setting

N2Growth Blog

Clearly, it’s time for a new strategic planning paradigm to emerge – one that features the right set of “ next practices ” that your organization can embrace to dramatically increase its success. Disregard the pro forma and seek rapid results, instead – many planning methods are overly dependent on the parochial interests of its senior leaders (i.e., Be sure that your planning process has those kinds of tools built-in.

Why Your Leadership Is Overrated

N2Growth Blog

There’s no shortage of independent empirical data generated over the years supporting the fact most people tend to overrate their leadership ability. I’ve always said leaders need to get over themselves and get on to the practice of leadership.

How to Lead Yourself When the Boss is Not Around

Great Leadership By Dan

However, there are jobs that are so far down the deep end of the empowerment continuum that it feels like you’re on your own with little or no supervision. Organizations are flatter, spans of control have increased, and hundreds of thousands of employees now work from home.

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The True Cost of Hiring Yet Another Manager

Harvard Business Review

One common culprit is out-of-control tooth-to-tail ratios. Not long ago my colleagues and I studied the cost of adding a manager or executive, and we found a kind of multiplier effect (see the graphic below).

Is the Flattened Firm Falling Flat?

LDRLB

Recent research, however, may be taking some of the wind out of their sails. 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. firms that spanned roughly 15 years. In addition, rather than decentralizing the structure of the organization, flattening usually results in a drastic centralization.

5 Great Ways to Keep Your Superstars!

Marshall Goldsmith

Based on our database of over 4 million leaders, the highest ranked behavior of our top performers is a commitment to self-improvement. Express the cause and effect of their contributions/role in the organization and the appreciation that you personally feel.

Seven Strategies for Simplifying Your Organization

Harvard Business Review

Over the past several years we have heard hundreds of managers talk about the negative impact of complexity on both productivity and workplace morale. One of the patterns that causes or exacerbates complexity is the tendency to not speak up about poor practices.

Breaking Through the Barrier – Interview with Jack Hayhow

Rajesh Setty

I have had the pleasure of meeting Jack Hayhow last year and I have known him for years now. He is one not only very sharp but also one of the kindest people I have met. I still remember a quick phone call I had with Jack where I was validating one of my new initiatives.

The Big Disconnect in Your Talent Strategy and How to Fix It

Harvard Business Review

Talent can move into and out of an organization, through a growing array of options such as freelance platforms , crowdsourcing efforts, and temporary, contract, or part-time work. The ManpowerGroup Contingent Workforce Index of 2013 showed 40% of all ManpowerGroup consulting engagements blended permanent and contingent workers. ManpowerGroup found that 80% of companies lack a reliable picture of their total workforce. Marion Barraud for HBR.

Why the Lowly Dandelion Is a Better Metaphor for Leaders than the Mighty Banyan

Harvard Business Review

Bigger than the average Wal-Mart , it has a canopy of more than 19,000 square meters. It is designated as the National Tree of India. Similar to the branches and roots of the banyan, they flourish by surrounding themselves with like-spirited colleagues, bonding around the core. They successfully expand their span of control outward from the center, gathering more influence over time.

Internal Hires Need Orientation Too

Harvard Business Review

As someone who has been in the business of hiring people and developing people organizations for many years, I’ve noticed two common first-day-on-the-job scenarios. The rest of her first 90 days are structured for success and well documented. By now we know that career development is a primary driver of employee happiness and that promoting employee mobility leads to better cross-functional communication and retention of top performers.

How to Make Agile Work for the C-Suite

Harvard Business Review

Companies like ANZ, the Australian-based banking giant, have made explicit commitments to adopt agile principles , while others like Zappos, are on the bleeding edge of organizational transformation. Sorting through every function and every part of your company’s operating model to determine which parts of the agile playbook to adopt requires some deep thinking. The group started by meeting every Monday for an hour or two, but found the pace of decision making too slow.

Why Managers Are More Likely to Be Depressed

Harvard Business Review

The study, led by Seth Prins, a doctoral student at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, was recently published online in Sociology of Health & Illness. The researchers examined more than 20,000 full-time workers across a variety of roles.

How Spotify Balances Employee Autonomy and Accountability

Harvard Business Review

It has to put the strategy into practice with measurable objectives, consistent measurement of progress toward those goals, feedback systems to monitor activities along the way, and appropriate consequences for reaching or failing to reach the goals. They understand the objectives, and they have a great deal of freedom in determining how to reach them within those guardrails. Balancing alignment with control. Spotify fosters alignment without excessive control.

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

Harvard Business Review

By our reckoning, the cost of excess bureaucracy in the U.S. economy amounts to more than $3 trillion in lost economic output, or about 17% of GDP. According to our analysis of occupational data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 23.8 of the U.S. workforce and received nearly 30% of total compensation. How many of these 23.8 The case of Svenska Handelsbanken is illustrative. million managers and the equivalent of 8.9

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Coddled Relatives Can Kill a Family Business

Harvard Business Review

Denis was a bright, handsome, 45-year-old French executive who had failed his way up the ladder—almost to the top of his family''s fourth generation perfume business. As the eldest son of the family patriarch, Denis went directly from university into the family business.

How to Transform a Traditional Giant into a Digital One

Harvard Business Review

Any advantages you have now will pale in comparison with a great set of algorithms that differentiates the customer experience. Sensors, the cloud, mobile and broadband wireless, and other such technologies are increasing the flow of digitized information exponentially.

Leadership Challenge

N2Growth Blog

What if there were no costs, no strings attached, no hidden agendas, no complex curriculum, but just a simple set of instructions for you to follow over the next 5 days that will change your world as a leader? Day 4 : Evaluate the meeting and the response of the person you met with.

It's Time To Bring Back the Executive Dining Room

Harvard Business Review

When I was at the Dial Corporation (makers of Dial soap) in the 1980s, executives working at corporate headquarters went through a now-antiquated ritual every day at 11:45. Someone from the senior level of every branch of the organization chart was in the room virtually every day.

The Chicken-Egg Problem with Organizational Change

Harvard Business Review

What you do first and the sequence of actions that follow can make or break your effort. Here are two examples of this problem: Headcount reduction or simplification? Following a merger, the CEO of a large manufacturing company was concerned that the newly combined business had too many complex and unnecessary processes, all of which made it difficult to get things done and drove up costs. Timing is critical for successful organizational change.

Organizing Syrian Refugees

CEO Blog

We have 8 teams which is a good number for span of control. 1 - Director of Mentors - This person organizes the mentors(and in many cases it is a mentor family - not just one person) and assigns families. Each refugee family is assigned to a lead mentor who orchestrates the group of mentors for them. The mentors have a checklist of things that must be done for each family. 2 - Director of Finance - monitors all the money including the in-kind donations.

Are You Giving Up Power?

Harvard Business Review

You might know all of that, but are you fully embracing it? The next question, the underlying one, is always the same: how is this going to affect the amount of power I have? These allow you to direct activities and allocate resources — and by doing so, control other people.

More Direct Reports Make Life Easier

Harvard Business Review

Although it may be counter-intuitive, one of the most powerful changes you can make in your organization is to increase spans of control — a simple shift that can liberate employees, streamline the hierarchy, simplify processes, and reduce costs. Let me explain: Span of control ("spans" for short) conventionally indicates how many people report to a single manager.

Your Communications May Not Be Communicating

Harvard Business Review

Large organizations in particular have always struggled with the challenges of communications. In fact, the concept of span of control — a decades-old organizational design principle — was derived originally from communications research analyzing supervisors' interactions with various numerical sets of subordinates. Lack of questions and dialogue: Recently I sat in on an "all-hands" meeting for a department of a major bank.