Hacking HR to Build an Adaptability Advantage

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The biggest enemies of adaptability are conscious or subconscious fear of change, rigidity of thoughts and homogeneity on the workplace. Fighting against rigidity is possible by supporting of the ideas of co-workers, by creating a knowledge-friendly culture. These creative ideas are the essences of adaptability and thus of competitive...

Being adaptable for the sake of adaptability won't help an organization thrive. For the vast majority of today's large HR/Talent organizations, even the most strategic activities live in their own silos and systems in a closed feedback loop outside of the business side of the business. Adaptability that matters to...

By Chris Willis on May 16, 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...

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Here are some signs of a rigid organizational structure:

  • A centralized 'command and control' style of leadership prevails.

  • Hierarchical organization with many layers of management between 'top and bottom'.

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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

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By Keith Gulliver 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


Thanks to the prevalence of systems theory a fair number of people in organisations get that the actions and reactions of people are interdependent, that we may not be cogs in a big machine.  So why does this illusion of separateness still prevail and in some cases reinforced...
By Kirstie Quinnin on May 11, 2022

Management is a hierarchy, this means that job security is based on tenure not on success.  Given that you have tenure- keeping your job involves maintaining the status-quo and NOT giving bad news. There is no incentive to engage in the risk of adaption. Management adapts to its restricted environment....

By Julian Wilson on May 11, 2022
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In our experience, most executives overweight the advantages of scale and underweight the advantages of flexibility, and this fuels the enduring managerial preference for combining small units into big ones.


By Michele Zanini on May 8, 2022