Decrease Organizational Complexity
Overly complex processes, procedures, and systems hamper organizational effectiveness and decrease employee engagement. No one wants their work to be overly complicated. To improve business performance and retain top talent, it is critical to make it easier to get the right work done in the right way.
Unfortunately, a large number of companies waste time on areas (symptoms) that are not fully responsible (root causes) for making it difficult to get work done in a way that makes sense.
We believe that the first step to decrease organizational complexity is to understand the current situation to enable stakeholders to properly identify where changing how work gets done will have the greatest impact on your business and talent management strategies.
Understand Different Perspectives
What seem like barriers to effective business practices to customers are not likely to be the same for leaders or individual contributors.
Where to Start
If your goal is to reduce complexity and to make it easier to get stuff done, you first need to identify where the complexity exists. Here are three of the most fruitful areas to start.
Are efforts being wasted in areas that are not a top priority? Are success metrics and reward systems misaligned with what matters most?
You will know that you have too much strategic ambiguity if people ask questions before acting, if teams are not fully collaborating, if decision making is challenging, or if the strategy is not being consistently implemented across the company.
Is your strategy clear enough to reduce complexity?
Use surveys, focus groups, or one-on-one interviews to uncover where time and resources are being wasted and where organizational conflicts exist.
You will know you are on the right path if people believe that resources are spread too thin or if people, teams, and functions are not organized to play to their strengths.
Is complexity caused by certain attitudes, beliefs, or behaviors that need to shift? Is there unnecessary duplication of employees, teams, functions, skills, technologies, processes, locations, or facilities?
You will know you are on the right path if the way work gets done is as streamlined as possible.
The Bottom Line
The best leaders know how to define and align strategy, culture, and talent to decrease complexity. Done right, the company runs with minimal waste, friction, and frustration.
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