No Such Thing as a Flat Organization
Every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.
—Dr. Laurence J. Peter
Today you’ll tame:
- The urge to climb to the top of the heap
The Information Technology restructure project was an important one, and needed a new approach. The boss had just come back from a retreat where he’d been completely star-struck by a business guru’s latest thinking on Organizational Design, where companies would work toward leveling out hierarchies in the workplace. Before taking any time to properly process what he’d heard, and think more carefully about if this ideal could effectively be applied to his company’s current circumstances, he sent an announcement to his entire organization, which read as follows:
In turn, a large number of the employees self-elected themselves to sign up, as per this instruction. In the days that followed, scheduling any kind of team meeting for this group became impossible—individuals opted instead to participate in splinter group meetings that took place among like-minded factions. Individual members of these factions would then approach the boss for signoff on their clique’s decisions.
Amongst this ...