Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Trees and organisational structure

Some trees look perfectly formed from a distance and close up. Many others though are random networks of twigs and branches. But the messy ones seem to survive as well as the symmetrical ones.

I wonder whether leaders can put too much effort into designing elegant and ‘symmetrical’ organisational structures, believing that strength will come from this order. Perhaps we should allow the innate strength of the twigs, the branches and indeed the ‘idea’ of the tree be what holds everything together?

If your organisational structure was a tree – what kind of tree would it be?

How flexible is the structure?

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