No matter their sector, purpose, or mission, organizations are stuck in traditional ways of working, despite new challenges that require a modernized approach.
At the root of this issue: people and teams perform differently than an organizational structure intends them to.
Because of this, teams often find themselves stuck in structures that fail to bring out the best thinking or the most impressive outcomes. And even when leaders do choose to take action, the sizable investments they make often fall flat.
Understanding where you are will help you get to where you want to be, faster.
Organizations increasingly recognize the importance of people and team analytics in running their business but developing an actionable understanding can be elusive. Often, leaders are unable to decipher the details of how their teams and people interact beyond organizational charts. Out-of-the-box, standard engagement surveys and assessments give leaders a sense of how their people feel, but not what to do about it. McChrystal Analytics is the strategy enablement partner with the measurement tools and analytical expertise to transform data to action.
These challenges are real.
Those who are responsible for building the teams of tomorrow must think differently.
Leaders must harness flexible networks and influence, rather than treading water with structures that specialize in precision over potential. Those who grasp the impact of this influence are the ones that enable teams and people to innovate, collaborate, and deliver.
Consider the example below, in which a Fortune 50 company used Network Analysis to harness the power of their people, establishing new operating rhythms across teams to share knowledge that is relevant, timely, and accessible. These improvements led to an increase of:
- 25% in people feeling like they had the information they needed to do their job
- 59% in understanding of objectives
- 80% in the dissemination of best practices to teams
- 121% in the availability of company knowledge to employees
The below Network Analysis maps represent this organization’s collaboration patterns before and after implementing recommendations identified by the McChrystal Group Organizational Diagnostic. Teams (reflected by color) moved from being disconnected and fragmented to far more integrated. This increase led to enhanced collaboration, indicated by the reduced distance between bubbles. Additionally, the organization had more employees who served as connectors and key influencers within the organization (as indicated by the increased size of bubbles) which allowed the group to act more quickly, instead of always waiting on a few bottlenecks.
Evolving your organizational structure is not a luxury.
It is a critical component of any thriving organization. The most successful leaders are the ones who, instead of dictating from the top, possess the humility and foresight to empower the people at all levels who determine whether an organization succeeds or fails.
With our help, you can be one of these leaders.