The end of hierarchy

Take a minute to draw a diagram representing the structure of management within your company, be it a real company that you own or work for, or a company that you envisage running. Go ahead, I’ll wait here – it should only take a minute. I’m going to hazard a wild guess and say that your diagram is somewhat triangular in shape. You are at the top, one person with the ultimate power to make decisions and ultimate responsibility for coming up with ideas to drive the company forward. Depending on the size of your company, below you there is likely a vice chairperson and a financial controller, followed by a layer of department heads, team leaders and at the bottom the entry level staff. The population of employees at each level is probably significantly larger than at the level above it. This is, the hierarchical structure of management, taught as an effective model in business schools and exemplified by large corporations across the globe. This structure is deeply flawed as a model for companies existing in the modern world of business. (more…)

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