Work-Life 10/1/2015

Insights On Organization: What Insiders Know About Creating Excellent Organizational Culture by LJA

Good organization streamlines the activities we do each day in such a way that they’re pleasurable and predictable. Without order, we’re doomed to repeat the mistakes of our past. Furthermore, responsive organization implies a deep understanding of our business so as to focus more on future opportunities than on repeating circumstances. Insiders know that any business that’s successfully organized is successful. Here’s why:

1.   Build On What Works And Close The Doors On What Doesn’t

Excellent organization focuses on processes that work and continue to produce excellent results. Those who are keen to notice this consequently set up systems and implement processes that encourage steady growth, continually taking on and adding only that which is for the best of the organization as a whole.

The reason why is that the best leaders understand that if something works, don’t reinvent it - just keep building on it. Taking out the mental work of having to re-cover tracks, leaves space and time to focus on what comes next: progress.

2. Insiders Are The Best Organized

Those who have a deep understanding of how their business works can see the rhythms, behaviors, and psychological patterns in their environment. Because of this firm grasp on the job, the company, and the industry at a collective level, not only does the excellent leader see the bigger picture, but knows how to align and organize it in order to capitalize on market opportunities.

Failure to organize represents a huge opportunity-cost in terms of growth orientation. Capitalize on processes that presently work and capitalize on the opportunities of those that don’t. Organization, within the context of business development is, no less, a money making function.

3. Organization Is Freedom

With that said, those who scoff at organization as a means purely for control are sadly mistaken. On the meta level of organizational theory, organization simply relinquishes control over the group and hands it over to the function and more importantly, to the person who is ultimately responsible. This level of accountability and responsibility empowers the individual to make creative corrections and small deviations for unique circumstances that either permit “business as usual” or open the doors for innovation.

Organization, in effect, is not only empowering as it is liberating. Built upon a set of common principles so as to establish a firm foundation for growth, organization, otherwise known as the logistics for everything, orients itself only forward as a function of its programming.

4. Effective Organization Is A Reflection of Effective Leaders

Excellent organization isn’t merely a convenient placing of strategic entities and functions. Once more, it’s a reflection of those in leadership; a reflection of the individual mental and collective consciousness outwardly manifested.

Those who have it together up there (read: inside their minds) have it together come time for execution. Good organization is a reflection of those who strive to align their own capacities and resources for growth. Mental agility is also reflected in those organizations who seem much more oriented to change and innovation than their counterparts. This is the case for those companies who innovate at a compounding rate.

As a result, their structure moves to reflect the rate of innovation where then the customers follow. Consequently, organizations and their logistical process function and evolve at a rate similar to their leaders. In other words, highly performing organizations, like bodies, grow, move, and evolve as an active reflection of the minds who lead them.

Coach Leslie’s Questions To Ask Ourselves:

1.     Do we organize our operations in the spirit of progress to build on successes or do we find ourselves constantly starting over?

2.     Do I see how my business is organized as a money making function? Do I have a deep understanding as to how my business works at all levels?

3.     Does my organization enable freedom for each individual to make deviations for standard processes in order to find new solutions and innovations?

4.     Is the way my company is organize reflect the principles and culture of its leaders? Is our organization as dynamic of our leaders and vice versa? Why? Why not?