These days, smart and humble people know that flatter is more better, networked holocracies are the new bestest way to generate business utopia, and all hierarchies are bureaucratic soul-sucking entities.
That’s the narrative. And it’s crap.
I’m not here to defend the most common iteration of the corporate hierarchy overridden with excess layers, unclear accountabilities, and confusing matrices. I am saying that a group of people working together for a common purpose will naturally adopt a hierarchy and there are reliably identifiable characteristics of hierarchies that are most likely to generate the best outcomes.
Imagine that! Feeling fully challenged in our own work because our role uses all of us but not more than we have. Feeling secure in the knowledge that our manager can offer us the context we need to proceed when we hit a block .
If everyone in your business had those two things working for them, then the need for politics and other forms of straining against a dysfunctional org design would be a lot less.
We all have worked in businesses in which the hierarchy isn’t aligned with natural laws. We feel it. We sense it. We despise it. Very few people know how to fix it.
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I'm Alicia Parr. I am a fractional Chief People Officer and organizational engineer for growth businesses making the leap from small to mid-sized. I use people science and a coaching orientation to solve hairy people problems and navigate the speedbumps of fast growth. I can help you and your business be even greater than you already are. Join the conversation below by commenting or contact me directly.