A structure in business terms is a framework that gives form and stability. Structures are needed or else there would be chaos in your organization. However, they can also hold you back from implementing proposed changes.
Examples of structures include: organization charts, teams, committees, project teams, role descriptions, team charters, reports, schedules, buildings, offices, and meeting rooms.
Your present organization is perfectly designed to give you the results you are getting today. If you want different results, you need to make changes in your organization.
If you want to implement a new strategy or introduce an updated computer system, first ask yourself which structures must be changed to support the changes? If you don’t make changes to the structures, then people will find it easier to do things the “old” way.
Some people say this takes too much time – somehow they think they can force the change into occurring. Nice thought, but not realistic!
Your structures must support the changes or else you will be one of the many organizations that get less than 80% of their expected results from a new system or strategy. If you want to be “at the head of the class” then update your structures to fit with the proposed changes. I guarantee it will make life easier!
Structures are one of the many areas in which I can coach you for successful change. Valerie.MacLeod@HainesCentre.com