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Organizational Growth Inflection Points - Challenges and Pain Points
- Company culture
- Company culture is the behavior of people who are part of an organization and the meanings that the people attach to their actions. Culture includes the organization values, visions, norms, working language, systems, symbols, beliefs and habits.
- Effective influence vs. command-and-control
- Leaders have to think in terms of influencing outcomes, not dictating outcomes. Being able to effectively influence your organization is more critical than controlling it. In knowledge worker businesses, the organization has to enable employees to help create and build it, more from the bottom up than from the top down. Command and control just doesn’t work.
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- Inflection point
An inflection point is when rapid growth brings a company to a tipping point where what had been one or two fires burning suddenly becomes 10 or 15.
- You have got people disagreeing in important areas.
- You have new challenges from customers that you didn't have before.
- You have skill deficiencies in certain areas that you didn't have before.
- You have new demands on product development cycles that didn't exist before
- And on and on and on.
At inflection points, problems are suddenly bigger, they're different, they're coming at you faster and now you realize you're going to have to start operating in a totally different way.
- Outgrowing your founders
- An expression that refers to a common situation in organizations whereby the size, scope, pace or complexity contribute to the organization surpassing the interests, skills or passions of the original founders.
While there are many examples of founders who grow with and into their organizations, there are also many who are not interested in the reality of a larger more complex "different" organization.
- Skip-level meetings
- Skip-level meetings are in which an executive meets with a staff that reports to one of his or her direct reports – in a way "skipping" the direct report.
This strategy is often used in growing or large organizations to allow executive to gain insights and feedback with staff they don't often interact with. The leader of the staff, who reports directly to the executive, is not present at this meeting.
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