Organizing for disruption

Organizing for disruption

Management Kits is proud to be part of this year’s Disruption Innovation Festival (DIF) line-up. Presenting a webinar on Wednesday 9 November at 11.00 – 12.00 GTM (12.00 – 13.00 Zürich time), Management Kits founder Olaf Bach explores how organizations can organize for disruption and maintain effectiveness and adaptability in the face of disruptive change ...

Leadership development – addressing young leaders’ challenges

What are the most common challenges young leaders face early in their careers? And how can they be supported so they can develop their capabilities while facing those challenges? As we have argued earlier in this blog, leadership is learned – not predetermined by personality – and this learning happens mainly in practice ...

Dealing with organizational high nobility

Dealing with organizational high nobility

Large organizations risk developing organizational high nobility, i.e. a rather detached layer of senior management close to the organization’s top management. The organizations that give rise to such an upper class are typically characterized by some, if not all, of the following traits ... 

How to make management tools effective – 7 practical tips

How to make management tools effective – 7 practical tips

Management tools, frameworks or models – such as Porter’s 5 Forces, the Value Chain, or the tools entailed in our Organizational Structure Kit – are management knowledge in crystalized form. Typically they capture a management topic by defining key elements and showing the interdependencies between those elements ... 

What leadership and management have in common

What leadership and management have in common

Ever since Abraham Zaleznik’s classic Harvard Business Review article “Managers and Leaders: Are they different?”, the contrast between management and leadership has been subject to debate. Sometimes the two roles have been seen as complementary, with the understanding that leaders are more people-oriented and managers are more focused on processes and structures ... 

Building leaders – A canvas for leadership development

Building leaders – A canvas for leadership development

Leadership is something like the secret sauce of modern organizations. Managers who are strong leaders are seen as a key factor for any organization dealing with challenges, such as technological disruption, intensifying competition and regulatory burdens. It is the leadership capacity that makes organizations prepared for an unknown future ... 

How to set-up co-leadership

How to set-up co-leadership

Co-leader set-ups have a bad reputation. At least in the corporate world where the opinion is that co-CEOs – or other shared leadership roles – are prone to destructive power-struggles, constant tensions over strategic decisions, and blurred accountability. And yet there are some good (and some less good) reasons to have shared leadership structures in the corporate board room and beyond ...

How to align project set-ups and organizational structure

How to align project set-ups and organizational structure

How to balance exploitation of a proven business model or product with exploration – that’s the pursuit of a breakthrough innovation. In fact it’s the key strategic question for many businesses. The organizational-level version of this question is how to align your most crucial projects with the existing organizational structure ... 

The challenges of lateral self-governance – a review of Holacracy

The challenges of lateral self-governance – a review of Holacracy

We at Management Kits are passionate about innovative ways of organizing and helping organizations to perform competitively and become more effective and rewarding to work for. On our blog we regularly review and discuss innovative management concepts that we believe have the potential to make management work better ... 

Organizational silos are a good thing (except when they aren’t)

Organizational silos are a good thing (except when they aren’t)

Let´s make the case for organizational silos. As long as the term “silo” describes the grouping of organizational activities into separate units, it simply denotes the primary boundaries within which to build specialized capabilities and drive performance. These unit structures, or silos, provide direction and focus ... 

The world’s most effective business school (and how to make the most out of it)

The world’s most effective business school (and how to make the most out of it)

Yes, the world’s most effective business school is your own organization (in case you’ve been guessing). This is not to suggest that Harvard Business School, IMD, and Booth School of Business are not the world leaders in management education the global management community believes them to be ... 

Organizational Design Thinking

Organizational Design Thinking

Given the semantic affinity between organization design and design thinking, it is surprising that so little has been written on applying design thinking to organization design – even more so, because design thinking has long grown beyond classical product design and has moved into fields like innovation management and even strategy ...

Why we are obsessed with organizational charts (and what to do about it)

Why we are obsessed with organizational charts (and what to do about it)

Many managers are obsessed with organizational charts. Whenever a company undergoes fundamental change, from either rapid growth or a new strategy, organizational questions are eventually addressed by putting “lines and boxes” on paper ...