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.
Spotify’s unusual combination of squads, tribes, chapters, and guilds is the organizational infrastructure that underlies the company’s operating model. At first reading, it might sound like just another way to define a conventional organizational matrix in Millennial- and digital-friendly terms. But a closer examination reveals just how different the model really is and why it seems to work so well.
Written by Michael Mankins and Eric Garton, published by HBR
“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.
Watch 53 min video published by 99U
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
A growing number of companies are starting to recognize, if you don’t get people and culture right, your efforts in every other area will ultimately result to nought. But building a Culture First organization is not about perks, or about being perfect, a perfect culture isn’t a culture, it’s a cult. Putting culture first means focussing first on employees, as the driver of company performance instead of concentrating first on the end result (profits to shareholders).
Article by Didier Elzinga, CEO of Culture Amp, on the Culture Amp blog
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
Promotion and adherence to justice seems to translate into beneficial workplace behaviors such as task performance and organizational citizenship behavior because fair treatment from managers may deepen employees trust, commitment, sense of being supported, and the quality of work relationships. The research brought forward in this piece suggests that living up to fair managerial behavior may be a cost-effective means to higher employees’ productivity.
Article by Pietro Marenco on ScienceForWork
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.