Every organization needs to have some structure. If, for nothing else, to allow for how things get done. But the days of rigid structure in an organization are gone.
Particularly if you want to be able to not have the organization be too dependent on any one person.
Gee, sounds like a recipe for being able to break those chains and allow your enterprise to operate without you. “You proofing” at its finest.
Where does one start? Well, if they want to create and then operate an organization that is an environment that allows for competent decisions as well as being flexible, then start with these attributes:
- Allow it to be organic. That is, let decisions and decision-making come naturally to the leaders. Don’t let the organization get in the way of the work.
- Make sure it is flat. In other words, remove layers of management. Without middle management, employees become more self-reliant and empowered. Too many layers slow down decision making.
- Let it be part of a larger network. This means that if sometimes the work can be done outside the organization most efficiently, then let it.
- Ensure that it coexists with your team. Besides, if your team is formulated to support your company, it should integrate symbiotically with your flexible, flat organization.
What this all boils down to is this: build a functional yet simple organizational structure then populate it with an empowered team.
It will free up the leaders/founders/principals to either work on the company, plot its future or depart. Freedom first, then value, and, finally, future.
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