The Effectiveness lab shall dedicate part of its 2017 work to serialising the elements that make an organisation effective – in the Effectiveness lab’s lexicon, such an organisation achieves SMART outcomes and is labelled the SMART organisation.
If a SMART organisation is indeed systemic as outlined above, then it is also bionic in nature. We consider the SMART organisation bionic because, like living organisms, the finer and interconnected elements of such an organisation present in the form of an intertwined system. Indeed, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
The bionic organisation, like the human body, functions well when all the vital elements (vitals in humans) are operating optimally. The Effectiveness lab outlines four organization-vitals (OV’s) that are required for the bionic organisation to function optimally:
- Design (Architecture)
All the four OV’s need various levels of orchestration, moreover from a common pedestal, for them to support the attainment of the ideal state of bionic-balance (BB) at the organisation. The orchestration is a function of sustained and effective leadership and systems management. The above four OV’s are critical enabling factors in a bionic organisation and have many other sub-elements below them as we shall elaborate in later series
You may have witnessed organisations that are well resourced, perhaps with a strong brand, as well as healthy bottom-lines, but still, struggle to operate above the sub-optimal level. Such organisations or individuals believe they are doing everything right, but fail to achieve SMART organisation status and ultimately organisational bionic-balance. Institutions in this category will learn if they bother to conduct research, that they are as a matter of routine managing the four OV’s above as stand-alone silos. Instead, the vitals ought to be managed under the bionic entity framework with vertical, horizontal and other hybrid interconnections. It is an intertwined architecture.
One of the biggest challenges facing the global charity industry is identifying a practical solution to becoming both effective and efficient and still attain the desired state of efficacy. The global charity industry is worth billions of dollars and more often than not, performs admirable life-saving work. We all know that. However, questions have been asked, including by charities themselves, whether the same job and efficacy could be attained at a lower cost – i.e. via more efficient means. The global charity industry configuration is under the spotlight. Perhaps, charities may learn a thing or two from the 2017 Effectiveness lab’s work, specifically becoming effective by achieving and sustaining organisational bionic-balance.
All the above talks to the so-called systemic approach to managing and leading the modern organisation. The siloed approach no longer works in a 24/7, fast-changing global business environment. It surprises us at the Effectiveness lab when managers and leaders, even after getting into trouble, choose to look at organisations as groups of vertical as opposed to interconnecting silos. We regularly witness states of organisational bionic-imbalance, with standalone organisational vitals.
Well, please note and learn, that it has to be a systemic approach. A systemic approach considers the organisational vitals and processes, before the outcome – whether it’s bottom line or impact/outcome for the business and charity sector friends respectively. It is assumed that when the organisational-vitals and their interconnections are right, the end result from such organisational bionic-balance is positive – be they profit or impact on people.
The systemic approach supporters continuously evaluate and tinker with the horizontal interconnections between the organisational-vitals, to derive the best outcomes and attain the bionically balanced and SMART organisation status
We look forward to having you as we delve into: The Effective organisation and the constant struggle to connect organizational-vitals and sustain the state of bionic-balance