The Tower of Power
Is Soooooo Twentieth Century
#Glia   #decentralization   #ecosystems  

There's plenty to hate about General Electric, but their approach to organization, management and leadership certainly wouldn't be. 
So this +Harvard Business Review article from GE's Raghu Krishnamoorthy packs a lot of real world pragmatism. 

Centralized 'leadership' is going to increasingly become a signal of a company that's going to die. It's not if, it's when. 
The growing necessity for more decentralized organizational models, that are more responsive, adaptive, and wired to lead change was always at the heart behind the Glia Organizational OS. 

Why a growing necessity? Krishnomoorphy explains:

Change today is exponential and calls for rapid information flows, quick decisions, and speedy responses to unforeseen events. Technology has compressed time, costs, and distance considerably. Given these shifts, organizations have to be agile, simple, and responsive. Once-a-year rituals like budgeting and strategic planning, which were important tasks for the senior-most leaders in the company, are a thing of the past. In a hyper-speed world with multiple divergences, a vertical chain of command with annual rituals creates isolation, sluggishness, and bureaucracy. Management attention needs to be real time and integrated into the everyday workings of the field.

The 21st century company should repurpose the role and placement of leaders. Leaders should be where the action is: where customers are and where decisions should be made. This way their understanding and appreciation of what is needed is multiplied and they become facilitators of action as it happens, not gatekeepers, reviewers, or controllers. By distributing leaders to these critical points, an organization can shape shift in accordance to the context and realities it has to deal with while they are happening. This is what is likely to make it more agile and responsive.

In a networked world, the center of gravity is where the customers are, and leaders have to be part of that engagement. A leader is not someone who sits in judgment but is an active participant in the action, lending the necessary muscle on the ground. Consequently, where to position a leader is a strategic decision and should be determined by the place that will help the company achieve a competitive advantage.

The corner office on the 52 floor is an awesome perk. Bravo. But you're going to kill your organization by being there. 
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