In a flash of the obvious, this week I came across research that moved my thinking on organisational strategy and design. For me, the linear progression from vision to strategy to structure had been a golden path. However – what I now realise is that...

“Design thinking is a waste of time”. “I don’t need my management team to co-design strategy, I know what needs to be done”. “There’s nothing wrong with our strategy, the problem is execution”. “I really need my management team to step up”. These are examples...

On a clear, cold winters day in Cape Town twelve executives gathered in a large room. No PowerPoint presentations but plenty of flipchart and post it notes decorated the walls. The atmosphere was tense as the group worked on their strategic foundations. ...

On Wednesday 29th June we host our next OD Café. We will be talking about Organisation Design as an executive skill (register here). We will argue that executives need better organisation design skills. This is not to take away from the work done by Organisation...

I forgot to press “record” for our monthly OD Café on Wednesday. I wish I could share the recording with you – our colleagues on the call were amazing. The call explored our emerging Power and Resistance model. The model shows some promise, contrasting levels...

We wonder whether a significant addition to the general strategy curriculum might be “strategic leadership as the execution of agile organisational design through teams.” The schools of organisational design and development need greater democratisation as “leadership” moves to all levels of the organisation. ...

Current leadership development programs treat leadership in a kind of “one size fits all” way. If you open the leadership development programs from 10 different providers you find much the same ingredients – flavoured to the individual delegates, but nevertheless much the same. This is...