Hacking HR to Build an Adaptability Advantage

Tagged "hierarchy"

monique-jordan_1's picture


Businesses are designed to reinforce their existing structures (self preservation) and are naturally resistant to drastic change.  Similar to the immune system that attacks a newly implanted organ as a hostile invader, in a reflexive manner, even when the organ is required for life,  organizations reflexively destroy new...
By Monique Jordan on May 17, 2022

The principal enemy of adaptability is the widespread stupidity that is at the same time the true backbone of scientific management (Management 1.0) and the main cause of the economic crisis in which we struggle for years. After all, what other outcome can have a model based on the fact...

By Marco Minghetti on May 13, 2022


It’s obviously not the only one, but hierarchical organisations, organised by functions kill adaptability.

Many organisations are built along the Value chain, by functions, and at the end each function manager is just thinking about his/her function instead of the products or services the company creates.

Many HR policies...

keith-gulliver's picture

Leaders do not 'walk the talk', are slow or unwilling to make changes and do not help others understand the need to change.

By Keith Gulliver on May 13, 2022
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Here are some signs of organizational procrastination:

  • Indecisiveness: decision making takes too long and becomes 'bogged down' in process and bureaucracy; when it does happen it's often too late.

  • Lethargy: leaders demonstrate little energy or

  • ...
By Keith Gulliver on May 13, 2022
gemma-reucroft's picture

If you don't tell people they can make suggestions, changes, innovate, then they won't.  They will just do what they have always done and wait for someone else to come along and take the lead.  People need to given permission to adapt and then learn that they won't get a...

By Gemma Reucroft on May 13, 2022
simon-jones's picture

Too often, even in small organisations, there is an assumption of traditional hierarchies "X reports to Y who reports to Z" and this is breeds an attitude of "I can't take responsibility for that". HR then compound it with a risk-averse approach "That would set a precedent"/"We can't do that...

By Simon Jones on May 13, 2022

The main enemy of adaptability is the commonly used model of organization and the mindset that accompanies it. If you want that organizations work as machines you need:


- Conditioning                                        ...

By Agustin Jimenez on May 12, 2022
perry-timms_1's picture

To me it is simple. The very structures we have that make for scalable success in business also seem to strangle it from adapting. Where power, decisions and direction setting seem to be funnelled up the speed to respond, the foresight to experiment and the sense of direction with the...

By Perry Timms on May 12, 2022

When changes are decided by a leadership team, implementation is carefully prepared, and then announced to the base when it is too late to adjust and go back, adaptability does not seem to occur, except for a few unconditionally positive individuals. Resistance is rather what happens, whereas earlier consultation on the...

By Anne Saletes on May 12, 2022