The purpose of an organization is to enable people in doing meaningful work that delivers value to the customers and hence to the business.
Organizations start purely with this promise but when they scale, they end up stifling people’s ability to deliver value.
In his insightful post titled 8 Symptoms Of Organizations On The Cusp Of Change, Mark Raheja says,
“In theory, organizations are meant to enable us — to make us faster, stronger and more effective than we’d be on our own. And yet today, in listening to my clients, it feels as if the exact opposite is true — as if the organization is actually getting in their way. The symptoms of this are many and may sound familiar: Siloed teams with misaligned incentives; bureaucratic processes governed by inflexible policies; paralyzed decision-making strewn across way too many meetings. The list goes on.”
The post further offers 8 symptoms of organizations on the cup of change. I recommend reading the full post to get a view on how organizations today can become more responsive and less bureaucratic.
And here is a sketch note I created while reading the post.