Re-Designing Organizations: What AI Adoption Teaches Us

The use of AI in organizations has evolved significantly over the decades, from early expert systems in the 1980s to the rise of machine learning and big data in the 2010s. AI became integral to various business processes, improving efficiency and driving innovation. The introduction of OpenAI's ChatGPT in 2022 marked a transformative moment. ChatGPT and other advanced natural language processing capabilities revolutionized customer service, content creation, internal communication, and decision support. It democratized many organizational processes by making sophisticated tools accessible to smaller enterprises and employees, fostering innovation, and enhancing productivity.

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Topics: Organization Desgin, AI, OrgDesign

Overcoming Task Paralysis: Keys to Dynamic Team Coordination

In fast-paced work environments, teams often face a silent but crippling challenge: task paralysis. This phenomenon, though frequently unnoticed, reveals itself through unmet target goals, never-ending projects, and ineffective, repetitive meetings. Task paralysis occurs when team members find themselves unable to move forward with their tasks, either due to overwhelming complexity, ambiguous goals, or the fear of making mistakes. The intricacy of tasks and the way teams coordinate efforts can significantly aggravate this issue, leading to decreased productivity and heightened stress levels. In today’s fast-paced business environment, the success of an organization vastly depends on its teams’ effectiveness, cross-collaboration, and agility. Understanding task paralysis and effectively addressing its root causes, can fundamentally impact your team engagement and morale. This article explores the systemic origins of task paralysis and explores how task complexity and team coordination contribute to its occurrence. More importantly, it offers practical strategies for teams and leaders to effectively manage task complexities and enhance team coordination, thereby minimizing the risk of task paralysis and fostering a more dynamic and productive work environment.

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Topics: Organization Desgin, Team Process, Team Collaboration, Task Paralysis

Kahneman's Theories and Decision-Making in Organizations

Last month, we lost one of the greatest minds in the field of psychology and economics, Daniel Kahneman, whose invaluable contributions have fundamentally transformed our understanding of decision-making. Kahneman's work, earning him a Nobel Prize, illuminated the biases and heuristics that underpin human judgment, particularly under conditions of uncertainty. His insights into the mechanisms of the mind have profoundly impacted the way organizations approach decision-making, emphasizing the need for executives and teams to be aware of their cognitive biases when viewing the world and assessing their work. As we explore the complex landscape of organizational decision-making, Kahneman's legacy serves as a guiding light, reminding us of the critical importance of scrutinizing our intuitive judgments and the potential pitfalls of unchecked biases in shaping the destinies of our teams and enterprises.

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Topics: Organization Desgin, Organizational Decision-Making

Does Your Organization Design Sabotage Your Culture?

Posted by LC GLOBAL® - Organization Design & Development on February 21, 2024

Imagine a scenario we've seen unfold time and time again: A company that prides itself on being a tech innovation trendsetter embarks on a high-spirited journey to revamp its corporate culture. Leadership is all in, pouring resources into comprehensive workshops, inspirational team-building retreats, and even a vibrant rebranding of company values that now grace every corner of the office and the digital workspace alike. Management feels good. Employees have their healthy, but well-camouflaged doubts.

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Topics: Organization Design, Culture Of Innovation, corporate culture, Organizational Development

Organization Design and Development in Various Business Environments

Posted by LC GLOBAL® - Organization Design & Development on January 30, 2024

In our rapidly evolving business landscape, two often discussed yet frequently confused concepts are Organization Design (OD) and Organizational Development (also OD). Although they share the same acronym, their focuses, processes, and outcomes are distinct, each playing a crucial role in the success and adaptability of organizations.  Considering the prominence of the two terms, it’s surprising how frequently they are used interchangeably in interviews, meetings, and projects, often leading to avoidable misunderstandings.

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Topics: Organization Design, Organizational Development

Believe – 2024

Believe – 2024: Drawing Inspiration from “Yes, Virginia” for Business and Change Leadership in the New Year.

 

Each Christmas season, Macy's iconic store in New York City adorns its façade with a single, powerful word: "Believe."

This tradition is inspired by the timeless message of the New York Sun’s 1897 editorial "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus." A young girl named Virginia had written a letter to the newspaper wondering whether Santa Claus existed. She asked for confirmation from a credible source while her friends mocked her for what she believed to be true. The response she received from Francis Pharcellus Church became one of the most famous editorials in newspaper history. Its message is a timeless and heartwarming affirmation of the existence of Santa Claus, not as a person but as coming to life through our positive actions and embodiment of values such as hope and goodwill. The now-famous editorial symbolizes the powerful spirit of childhood wonder, hope, and joy. Transcending its original context, it is a rallying cry urging us to translate our beliefs and hopes into positive action.

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Topics: Organization Design, Change Leadership

Assessing The State of Your Organization

Posted by LC GLOBAL® - Organization Design & Development on December 20, 2023

At the beginning of 2023, McKinsey surveyed more than 2,500 business leaders around the world. The results went into the report on The State of the Organization 2023.

At the time, only half of the participating organizations said they were well prepared to anticipate and react to external shocks, and two-thirds saw their organization as overly complex and inefficient.

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Topics: Organization Design, New Work, AI, Assessment

Appreciative Intelligence - Gratitude for Future Opportunities

Posted by LC GLOBAL® - Organization Design & Development on November 22, 2023

Tomorrow, we are celebrating a holiday in the U.S. that is uniquely anchored in gratitude and appreciation. When we express what we are thankful for, we typically refer to the wonderful things in our lives that we are enjoying right now.

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Topics: Innovation, Organization Design, Appreciative Intelligence

AI Tools for Organization Design

Posted by LC GLOBAL® - Organization Design & Development on October 31, 2023

The Organization Design Forum offered an insightful session on the of role AI in Organization Design last week.
 
The use of AI has become a central question in boardrooms and executive meetings. Evidently, companies must find ways of positioning themselves around AI as a new opportunity to innovate services and increase effectiveness. Why should the field of Organization Design, which typically assists companies in such efforts, be any different?

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Topics: Organization Design, Adaptive Organization Design, AI

5 Steps for Creating Mindful & Adaptive 'New Work' Strategies

5 Steps for Creating Mindful & Adaptive “New Work” Strategies

 

For the last three years, companies have seen tremendous advantages in staying remote or hybrid. Cost benefits and increased flexibility for employees seemed to speak a clear language: Remote or hybrid work models pay off. However, over the last 6-12 months, many companies decided to return to the office oftentimes via a company-wide mandate. In 2022, merely 31% of US businesses functioned on-site. That included those unable to operate remotely due to the nature of their work (e.g., factories or retail). In 2023, this figure jumped to 50%.

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Topics: New Work, Future of Work, Adaptive Work Strategies

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