Change Has Changed
From almost every perspective - almost every important business index - our operating environment is accelerating. The question for business leaders is how do you stay competitive and grow within this new environment?
Hierarchy or Network? Both!
Organizational hierarchies are a brilliant invention which has served businesses very well in an effort to marshal resources, design plans, program work and engage effort. Hierarchy is great for efficiency and discipline, especially when scale is involved. But hierarchies aren't great for strategic agility. And in this current environment of accelerating change, strategic agility is paramount.
Network-like structures are much more responsive to change and are more agile. They allow groups to form and disband as required, to avoid the sludge and complexity that a hierarchy imposes, and to avoid layers and silos when quick action and collaboration are required.
“If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don’t bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.”
R. Buckminster Fuller
beacon, by mercanix is a Performance Transformation application which was built for two kinds of organizations:
- Hierarchies wanting to add a parallel Network-like operating capability to gain agility, speed, innovation and energy.
- Network-style organizations that need just enough infrastructure and hierarchy to reduce the complexity, chaos and waste of inefficiently-run networks.
beacon for Performance Transformations > external website
mercanix is a collective of experienced professionals with a long history of collaboration. Our members include Bill Buddle, Tracy Carder, Jan Genoch, Danny Kermode, Neil Laing, Curly Lippa, Brian Long, Niall O'Keeffe, Charles Plant, Michelle Sherbino and Mike Tobias.