4 months, 29 days ago

Empower Autonomous Teams To Accelerate Digital Delivery

The need for speed has never been greater. Empowered customers are fickle. Big tech is disintermediating you. Disruptors lurk in the darkest corners of your markets, ready to rise kraken-like to swallow your floundering ship whole. Your prospects are b…

5 months, 9 days ago

Organizational Design Needs Deep-Rooted Change

Every day, executives lean in and light up when we describe the virtues of operating with true customer obsession, vowing to make a change. …and then they return to their reality. The entrenched design of their companies’ organization holds them back. …

5 months, 20 days ago

The Future Of Organizations

Forrester Vice President and Group Director Sharyn Leaver discusses the future of organizations — what companies will look like, how they will function, and how they’ll be managed to maximize agility and efficiency in the not-so-distant future.  Featur…

2 years, 7 months ago

The Ignorance of Management – Deep and Wide

While on LinkedIn a couple of weeks ago, an interesting graphic caught my eye. Titled “The Iceberg of Ignorance”, it referred to a 1989 study in which: …consultant Sidney Yoshida concluded: “Only 4% of an organization’s front line problems are known by top management, 9% are known by middle management, 74% by supervisors and 100% […]

3 years, 4 months ago

Auftragstaktik and fingerspitzengefühl

Two words: auftragstaktik and fingerspitzengefühl. To an English speaker, they might look kinda weird, but they’re key to getting an enterprise to work well… The terms originate from the German military, from around the early-19thC and mid-20thC respectively. They would translate approximately

4 years, 4 months ago

How to Build a Sustainable Business Architecture Practice

Starting a business architecture practice is definitely hard work, but building a sustainable practice is even harder. The data I am seeing is that 60% of business architecture initiatives are failing. The biggest challenge in moving from startup to sustainable practice is that the enablers for starting and propelling a startup forward are not the […]

4 years, 5 months ago

Why High Performance Organizations Are Hard to Build

Productive organizations get more work done than expected. High performance organizations produce the unexpected. They not only produce more, they also produce “different”. When most people think of organizational performance, they think first about productivity. Are we getting enough work done? And how do you get a highly productive organization – by focusing on efficiency. […]

4 years, 9 months ago

A Systems View of Business Architecture

A couple of weeks ago, Accelare collaborated with Penn State and Gartner Research to produce a 3 ½ day executive education workshop entitled “Enterprise Transformation and Integration: Beyond IT/Business Alignment”. I taught one of the sections but I also learned a lot from the other faculty members. Last week I posted a piece entitled Four […]

4 years, 10 months ago

Three Essential Elements for High Performance Organizations

The elusive high-performance organization I have recently turned my thinking to high performance organizations and how to create them. Though most of us have worked in good organizations (and a few bad ones along the way), few have firsthand experience of really great, high-performing organizations. They are in fact very rare creatures. We know they […]

4 years, 10 months ago

Not All Change Is Transformational

 “Transformation” has become a highly overused, misused, and abused term. Many organizations seem to “transform” on a regular basis. We consultants are also guilty of overusing the term, partly because it represents some of the most interesting work we do, and partly because it is the rare company that can successfully pull off transformational change […]

4 years, 11 months ago

Don’t Let Your Context Manage You

In previous posts, I have identified four types of contextual elements. Management: Understanding the Management Context Structural: Understanding Structural Context Cultural: Got Culture? Personal: Personal Context: The ME Factor In my 30 years of managing and consulting, I have seen some really bright, talented, driven people fail, some quite spectacularly, by ignoring or misreading their […]