The Perils of Procrastination: Decision-Making in Mature Organisations

“The opportunity is often lost by deliberating.” — Publilius Syrus, 43BC “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. “ — Amelia Earhart In the world of startups and scaleups, the absence of strict decision-making processes fosters agility and rapid progress. Founders revel in the freedom to act swiftly, unencumbered by bureaucratic chains of command.

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Murmuration Organisations: Flying Haier

“After the arrival of the Internet, we realised that under this triangular hierarchical structure, people had a difficult time adapting. So we reorganised ourselves as an entrepreneurial platform.” Zhang Ruimin, CEO, Haier In the wake of the digital revolution, businesses worldwide are confronting the limitations of traditional hierarchical structures. Zhang Ruimin, CEO of Haier, encapsulated this

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The Capability Cap: Is Your Strategy Writing Cheques, Your (Corporate) Body Can’t Cash?

DALL E “The alignment, or congruence, between strategy and four organisational building blocks: critical tasks and workflows, formal organisational arrangements, people, and culture drive today’s success. Incongruence, a lack of alignment, or inconsistencies among these elements is almost always at the root of today’s performance gaps.” — Michael Tushman and Charles O’Reilly Several years post-retirement from rugby, I

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The Paradoxical Power of Boundaries: Innovation Hunting Zones

“The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one’s self.” — Igor Stravinsky The Feline Frontier A cat recently “claimed” my garden as his kitty litter. I eventually upset “his” territory by scattering peppermint oil and citrus peels. I learned a lot about cats’ territories in the process. While my curiosity killed that cat (‘s territory), it

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