Six Steps to Simplifying Your Organization

Six Steps to Simplifying Your Organization

05.28.10Ron Ashkenas

Are you frustrated with the complexity in your organization and how difficult it is to get things done?

Do you worry that instead of creating value, you end up stuck in endless meetings; reviewing or creating presentations; consulting with different functions; and trying to align points of view? Are you inundated with e-mails, voicemails, and the constant need to respond to requests from multiple bosses, colleagues and customers? Are you working more hours than ever, but feel like you’re getting less and less accomplished? If any of these complexity symptoms applies to you, this article can help.

In this article, you will learn how to:
  • Change your mindset to clear a path toward simplicity
  • How to recognize "unconscious" complexity and how to get rid of it
  • Make the business case for simplifying your business and getting results
  • Include the customer's perspective
  • Build a coalition to attack organization complexity
  • Why you need to demonstrate simplicity again and again

The Business Edge, May 28, 2010

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