Whether your organization is large or small, senior leaders continue to want to achieve greater success and provide enhanced value to their customers and key stakeholders. An effective organization design, however, can make or break your ability to achieve this business strategy – and especially to take your organization to the next level. This is particularly true in today’s ever-changing environment.
To help you achieve enhanced business results, Plus Delta has developed an effective approach for designing organizational structures that better align with your marketplace. We begin the process by understanding – and where necessary, further defining – your long-term business strategy. A successful business strategy is created by comparing your current business results with your customers’ and stakeholders’ future needs. Once we define the proper strategy, we then perform the following activities to design an effective organization structure that will enable you to achieve your business objectives:
- Design team creation – Establish a Design Team consisting of an Executive Champion to sponsor the effort and a small group of experienced leaders to drive the design and implementation process
- Capabilities assessment – Evaluate the organization’s current capabilities, including everything from work processes to business systems to the individual people and their particular skills
- Future-state design – Consider various design options and review early drafts with senior leadership and other key stakeholders to gain their buy-in for the final design early in the process
- Transition management – Create an implementation strategy to help employees understand the new organization and implement the HR and business practices required to complete the transition
- Continuous improvement – Put measurements into place to evaluate the effectiveness of the new design over time and make any necessary enhancements to improve the long-term success of the organization
Through this proven approach to creating new organization designs, Plus Delta can help you achieve enhanced business results and better adapt to new market conditions as they develop. Remember, organizations need to be built to change, not built to remain the same, in order to survive.
Organization Design Success:
Plus Delta is dedicated to making a difference with organizations that are making a difference. The following client success story highlights our recent project accomplishments and the key business results we have delivered. Click here for a more complete list of our clients.
- A worldwide leader in state-of-the-art detection and imaging devices, including advanced military, scientific, and commercial sensing and vision systems
- More than $300M Southern California-based business unit with about 800 employees locally and global sales
- The existing organization structure was not aligned with the company’s vision for the future or its emerging markets worldwide
- A poor design led to an underperforming leadership team, lack of attention to new business development opportunities, and continual production delays
Organization design and change management solutions provided include:
- Worked directly with the General Manager to assemble the Design Team and officially launch the initiative
- Facilitated an all-day project kickoff session with the GM and Design Team members to clarify the project approach and initiate the current-state assessment
- Conducted extensive interviews with numerous senior leaders, program managers, customers, and support personnel; Identified 173 discrete operational issues and more than 20 common themes as a result
- Led Design Team members in determining which issues must be addressed by the new design; Developed new organization structures and ancillary business processes based on these requirements
- Created a functional structure organized around major activity groups and divided into three major components – Shared Resources, Strategic Planning and Business Development, and Program Operations
- Defined the implementation strategy to successfully deploy the approved design and process changes
- Provided ongoing communication and transition management support to review new design elements with key stakeholders, detail job descriptions for new positions, and document the cross-functional processes
Key business results:
- Created a smaller, more agile senior leadership team with improved decision-making capabilities and only five direct reports to the GM
- Defined clear operational accountabilities that provided enhanced customer focus as well as direct line of sight from the GM to his strategic functions
- Established a new “Entrepreneurial & Innovation Team” and instituted a focused sales and marketing organization to pursue expansion into new markets
Right from the start, Plus Delta’s team of experienced consultants focused on getting to know us and our future business needs. They successfully mobilized our Design Team and led us through the discovery process to create a more strategic and agile organization.
- General Manager
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An effective organization design can make or break your ability to achieve your business strategy. This is particularly true in today’s ever-changing environment.
As a result, Plus Delta has seen a growing need for our clients to redesign their organizations to better align them with their marketplaces. So we thought it would be helpful for us to share some of our observations and experiences about planning and implementing organizational redesigns with you along with some important tips to consider throughout the process.
As we look at the landscape of our clients, we see several trends emerging. Larger organizations focused on market demand and market opportunity are designing their strategies to give them better market share and increased growth. At the same time, many mid-sized companies are trying to build new business functions that they know are needed to respond to specific opportunities, but they often don’t know how to implement them on their own. And smaller high-growth organizations are moving from their original founder/single-owner structure to the next level and need to instill new leadership and infrastructure to make that next step.
No matter what their size or reason, leaders want to achieve greater success and provide enhanced value to their customers and key stakeholders. So when it comes to creating a new organization design, the development of the organization’s strategy must start with these very customers and stakeholders.
A successful business strategy is created by comparing current business results with the customers’ or stakeholders’ future needs. Once we define the proper strategy, we can then use it to design an effective organization structure that will enable the strategy’s achievement in a way that is still aligned with the organization’s culture.
When performing an organization redesign, we always establish a “Design Team” who can help conduct the needs assessment, develop a draft of the future-state design, and ultimately drive the implementation process. When considering the composition of the Design Team, we often include two or three members of the senior leadership team as well as one or two of the most important mid-level managers who are well-experienced in the business. This team also needs an Executive Champion to sponsor the effort. The champion’s role is to keep the team on course to achieve the organization’s objectives. It helps to have an external facilitator and change advisor involved who is familiar with the design process as well. When we play this part, Plus Delta’s responsibility is to provide our unique perspectives as outsiders because we can more easily remain unbiased to the organizational culture and politics and therefore can provide better “out of the box” thinking on various design options.
To avoid creating the design in a vacuum, we typically use an iterative, dynamic process to help the Design Team conduct their work over a series of sessions. The process starts with an assessment of the organization’s current capabilities. This includes everything from work processes to business systems to the individual people and their skills – anything that can provide a competitive advantage. The following are just some of the questions the Design Team needs to ask themselves and others across the organization as part of the assessment process.
- Is our current organization structure aligned with our stated business strategy? Is it focused on meeting our customers’ needs?
- Do we have any process steps that no longer add value to the organization given our emerging business strategy?
- Are there redundancies or gaps in our current processes and/or procedures that may provide opportunities for improvement?
- Does our organization have the ability to innovate? Can we adapt to changing market conditions?
Once this assessment is complete, we then consider various design options for the organization’s structure. The important thing to keep in mind during this process is that no one organization design works for every organization. We also review the assessment results and balance the execution of the strategy and its related tasks with the potential impact on the people and culture within the organization. Our goal here is to align the structure with the related work processes so they support each other and help the organization achieve its intended results.
When the design is “complete,” the Design Team needs to shop it around with a number of senior leaders and other key stakeholders across the organization. The next step in the redesign process is going to be implementation, so it is critical to gain everyone’s buy-in early on rather than wait until later in the process. Once the early drafts of the design have been reviewed, refined, and validated, it’s time to implement. And this is the most critical step in the redesign process because we now need to create a transition strategy that helps employees understand the new organization and potentially new ways of working. At the same time, we also want to make sure our customers and key stakeholders understand our reasons and expected outcomes for the new design.
Within the organization, our transition strategy starts with gaining executive support for the new design and making sure that senior leadership fully understands the structure and the reasons for the change. Next, we engage employees in the process by communicating the expected changes to them as well as the reasons for them. We need to help anyone who may be resistant to the change too by guiding and supporting them through the change process in order to create long-lasting, sustainable change.
Finally, we work with our clients to put measurements into place to evaluate the effectiveness of the new design over time and make any necessary improvements. A continuous improvement plan such as this is critical to the long-term success of our redesign efforts. Remember, organizations need to be built to change, not built to remain the same.
Can Plus Delta help you design a more effective organization to enhance your future business results? To learn more about our methodology and approach in this area, please call us at +1 (310) 589-4600 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Organizational Climate Survey
Before designing your organization for the future, you'll want to poll your managers and staff to see what they think and how they feel about your organization's current design and broader performance. Plus Delta's Organizational Climate Survey is a perfect way to engage your people in this discovery process as you begin envisioning the ideal future state for your organization. Administering this user-friendly online survey will give you the information you need for your Organization Design efforts to be a tremendous success. Click here to view a sample Organizational Climate Survey online.
Right from the start, Plus Delta's team of experienced consultants focused on getting to know us and our future business needs. They successfully mobilized our Design Team and led us through the discovery process to create a more strategic and agile organization.
- General Manager