What has enabled companies such as Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Tesla, and Google to achieve global market dominance in just a few years? Some people attribute the successes to strong, visionary leaders with an almost dictatorial approach to the topics they find important, such as design, strategy, or experimentation. Others claim that it is their creative, self-organized, and self-managed teams that build the most successful products. In this post Jurgen Appelo describes why he believes it’s a dynamic mix of both.
Effective and efficient decision making is crucial for business performance. The common approaches of either top-down, authoritarian decision making or decision making based on consensus often don’t function as an ideal practice for fast moving and rapidly changing organizations. But there is an alternative. More and more organizations experiment and establish methods of decision making where authority is distributed to higher degree throughout a team or organization. It is often referred to as the advice process.
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“High Performing Team” is the holy grail for modern companies. This article features and unpacks three themes on helping teams to succeed and solving for the mystery of highly effective team collaboration.
Written by Christina Wodtke, published by ProductCoaltion
The most dominant companies are now digital-first. Think Netflix over Blockbuster or iTunes over Tower Records. Aaron Dignan founding partner at TheReady explains in this talk that for future success companies need a purpose, responsive structures and processes to support it, the right people, and (most importantly) how these need to be combined to make products that serve a community larger than any employee or organization.
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In today’s digital context organizations face a growing imperative to redesign themselves to move faster, adapt more quickly, facilitate rapid learning, and embrace the dynamic career demands of their people. A growing number of leading organizations are taking the leap of faith to explore, experiment and adapt new ways of organizing and running their operations with the purpose of actively building organizational structures for effective value creation and high-performance in a digital economy.
Authored by Deloitte University Press
Systems and processes serve an important role in any organization. This is something Ryan Holmes, CEO of Hootsuite, realized as his company has scaled from a few dozen to nearly 1,000 employees. Systems ensure that projects get done, quality is maintained and there are no surprises. The problem is that bad systems often end up in a kind of corporate Bermuda Triangle.
Written by Ryan Holmes, CEO of Hootsuite
As digital transforms the business landscape, the successful organizations will likely be those that can move faster, adapt more quickly, learn more rapidly, and embrace dynamic career demands.
Article by Deloitte University Press
Being busy should not be a badge of honor, a goal to aspire to nor be used as an excuse to not do the critical work required to reduce the uncertainty of digital product development. In fact, the deeper issue with “being busy” is the lack of an objective, safe way for teams and leaders to say “No” and prioritize work. Productivity should rather be measured by the impact the work has on customer behaviors and outcomes, with a focus on building a customer-centric culture that empowers teams to make evidence-based decision not only on the efficacy of their work but on what work they choose to do.
Article by Jeff Gothelf
As the world becomes more interconnected, value creation is shifting from the individual to the collective. Resilient, high-empathy teams will drive the best business outcomes.
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Mostly, when organizations grow at such exponential rates they attempt to fight chaos by (unwillingly) increasing bureaucracy, creating silos, and crumbling the unique aspects that made them successful in the first place. The result: uninspiring workplaces in which people are bored, uninspired, and disengaged. Spotify is renowned for successfully addressing these challenges during their transformation from being the “new kid on the block” to an organization that spans the globe.