It takes very little time to notice how stupid organizations can make smart people shirk responsibility and act stupidly. Add to that are the number of people who have grown up with very little content beyond what they read on Wikipedia.
Present forms of organization intervention focus mainly on the individual (and ignore/repress systemic issues). Other more classic forms of classical organization intervention (diagnosis, intervene, follow up) are almost dead because of their cost, the slow pace of OD vrs the speed as strategy that characterizes most organizations as well as the number of clueless consultants selling packages of pre-cooked crap which create a bad rap for OD’s reputation.
I want to share several simple ideas that I use to make organizations smarter.
They are not cure-alls. They are not magic bullets. Yet they have triggered change.
- Weed out slogans
- Focus on creating focus
- Make sure that the mutual dependencies between functions are acknowledged, clarified and “well-oiled”
- Use personal coaching to make good people better. Don’t waste your bullets
- If something has not worked for a long time, create a by-pass.
- Make things easier to so by creating opportunities to use common sense
- Buy change if you cannot make it happen
Each of these points is the subject of a different post, because people do not read long articles any more.
That’s part of being stupid.