THE THREE SPIRAL TEMPLATES

  • The “Z” Template: Command Intelligences
  • The “Y” Template: Supporting People, Technology, and Systems.
  • The “X” Template: Most Natural Forms and Flows of the Critical Functions

Note: These templates are not updated versions of the old power pyramid that separated the workers from mid-manager and then both from executives. They mesh together into a single, over-laid organism based on functional jobs to be done instead of rank, privilege, or power (unless those components are necessary in getting the mission accomplished).

Spiral Templates can be designed under two conditions. First, they may be drawn from scratch for a start-up company using the Streams process (especially Element 4 – Establish Set-Points and Element 6 – Connect Everything to Everything Else). Or second, they can be created in the midst of reengineering an entity fluctuating in the throes of chaos and change. Under those circumstances, you may want to design two organizational models. One will be the standard First Tier form that shows traditional reporting bases and budgetary responsibilities to satisfy here-and-now needs of anxious directors and financial backers. The other, your Second Tier approach, will be Templates-based and oriented toward the specific Strategic Vision you develop in Streams' Element 5 and the encompassing Grand Vision you outlined in Element 2. Both designs will be useful in the uncertainty of transformation from the present toward the future entity.

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