Design is the glue that ties together the vision as defined by the organisation’s Leader, Strategic intent, as well as the Human-resources that work hard to realise the vision and strategic intent. Without effective Design – Strategy, People, and Leadership, however good they are, will not create value and wealth for the organisation.
COVID-19 and working from home – excitement and joy turning bitter? Series 2 of 2
As already put in series 1, working from home has a bittersweet dynamic especially for the white collar employee. At first, it was fun working from home. But once it became apparent that the COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t a short term thing, we have grown tired of the home/work routine. This week we take a look… Continue reading
COVID19 and working from home – excitement and joy turning bitter? Series 1 of 2
Once upon a time, there was quiet excitement amongst a section of white-collar workers that the COVID19 pandemic, horrible as it may be, allows them to work from the comfort of their homes. What the white-collar worker wanted for a long time is now abundantly available to them – working from home while keeping an… Continue reading
Cut-paste and parrot thinking catching up in the private sector – our insurance company
Is the parrot-thinking culture, akin to how we are taught in this pearl of Africa, abound even in the normally more effective and efficient private sector? Looks like it’s, in this particular instance, for our insurance service provider In an education system where our brain-code is written to follow and bring out only or mostly… Continue reading
Are organisational structure and hierarchy dying on their feet? Series 2 of 2
It’s funny that as we write series 2 of this blog, the very hypothesis that we put before you in series 1 is under scrutiny. With COVID19 ravaging the globe, have we ever been in a time where military-like organisation configuration is so much in demand to reign in worried, desperate but also errant citizens?… Continue reading
Are organisational structure and hierarchy dying on their feet? Series 1 of 2
Are structure and hierarchy at the organisation, like we have known the ‘OD-twins’ since our days at school and at work, dying on their feet? Structure/Hierarchy is so synonymous with the modern organisation that the moment we set foot into any organisation, the thing you witness first at the reception centre, apart from the furniture… Continue reading
Management recession: time for an Organisational Effectiveness (OE) function? Series 3 of 3
Last week, we sold, and pretty hard at that, the case for the Organisational Effectiveness (OE) Tsar. Companies were encouraged to re-look at the art of running business via a new lens. It can’t be business as usual. Are we losing the plot? However, we all have to address one problem before getting excited by… Continue reading
Management recession: time for an Organisational Effectiveness (OE) function? Series 2 of 3
It is apparent from Series 1 that the ongoing management-recession at firms needs a fix. And that the fix may be as simple as ‘functionalizing’ effectiveness i.e., making organization-effectiveness (OE) a formal function like finance, HR, etc and appointing a weighty honcho for the function So – would having an OE Tsar address the recession… Continue reading
Do you demonise bureaucracies?
At the Effectiveness lab, we are acutely aware that organizational architecture (read: structure) impacts the efficiency, effectiveness and ultimately, the overall efficacy of organizations that purport to be in the business of value-creation. Whether you are in business for money or charitable cause – paying attention to matters ‘value-chain’ is non-negotiable. If the value-chain of… Continue reading
The fallacy that deploying more staff resources fixes workload
Do you get up worried about the amount of work waiting for you at the office and how resource constrained you are to clear it? It’s a familiar story in this era of ‘doing more for less’ Leaders and managers grapple with decisions related to the above enigma all the time. They are torn between… Continue reading
Blending Leadership, Strategy & Design Organisational-Vitals
This blog concludes the Design Organisational Vital (OV) sub-series. The blog delved into matters related to the architecture of organizations. Something that many view in isolation from its peer OV’s (Leadership, Strategy, & People). As discussed in the Effectiveness lab’s earlier series, It’s vital to understand, at every stage of this Effective organization series, the… Continue reading
Apollo B. Gabazira is an Ugandan OD. junkie fascinated by matters that render organisations/individuals effective or not. He blogs on effective leadership and management. He is a devoted green-farmer and breeds the Ayrshire cow at Nakabugu, Luuka district, Uganda. Apollo is quite effective at what he chooses to do.