Business leaders today face a ‘perfect storm’ of challenging conditions that degrade the performance of their organisations. Conditions, that include: the increasing role of the knowledge economy and demographic shift to knowledge work, increasing task uncertainty and complexity, competitive pressures, globalisation, flattening and de-layering of hierarchical structures, increasingly frequent re-structuring, multiteam membership, shared leadership, self-managing teams, outsourcing of strategic non-core activities, technology development, functional fragmentation and specialisation, increased diversity and colliding cultures, pluralistic management systems with conflicting demands on scarce resources. All of these combine to create uncertain conditions, compromise engagement and communication, and disrupt coordination between individuals and groups within organisations. More importantly, the impact of these conditions is amplified by gaps in understanding, in research and practice. Put simply, the adoption of virtual working practices within organisations has progressed beyond our understanding of what is required to enable predictable, and repeatable outcomes.
If you’ve read this far, you may have an opinion, or insights of your own. Clearly these are not trivial issues since they have a profound consequence for organisations and the people that work within them. Therefore, improving understanding and finding solutions to these issues is what I, Nick Keca, and the pages of this site are dedicated to. If you’re interested in organisation design, leadership, and people management more generally, please browse the site, and revisit from time to time. My aim is to continually update and add new stuff.