Organizational Structure Design

Design controls behavior. Is your organization designed to perform like a rocket or a parachute?
Is your organization designed to be a rocket or a parachute?Organizational Structure Design is a 4-week program for growing businesses that seek the right organizational structure to support faster execution and improved teamwide clarity, accountability, and collaboration.

Lex Sisney is one of the world’s foremost experts on functional organizational design. His approach to structure is unique and transformative. If you’re new to Lex’s approach, first read this article, “The 5-Classic Mistakes in Organizational Structure: Or, How to Design Your Organization the Right Way,” which is an excerpt from Lex’s book Organizational Physics: The Science of Growing a Business.

The Right Structure to Scale Your Business

Every structure is unique just as every business is unique. However, the core principles of structure are always the same:

  • Core Principle #1: When the strategy changes, change the structure.
  • Core Principle #2: Don’t allow functions focused on efficiency to control functions focused on effectiveness.
  • Core Principle #3: Don’t allow functions focused on short-range results to control functions focused on long-range development.
  • Core Principle #4: Balance the need for autonomy with the need for control.
  • Core Principle #5: Put the right people in the right functions.

The Organizational Structure Design Program takes these core principles of structure, combined with our experience designing dozens (soon to be hundreds) of successful structures across a wide range of industries, to craft the right structure for your business.

The Process

The program is executed collaboratively with you and up to 3 members of your leadership team using a combination of online software and phone or video conferencing for 90 minutes per week, over a 4-week period. Each week of the program builds on the previous.

Week Description Outcomes
#1 Project kick-off Knowledge transfer to Organizational Physics on your growth strategy, core business functions, organizational history, and biggest sources of internal entropy is completed.
#2 The Principles of Structure You and your small Organizational Structure Design team will have a shared understanding of the principles of Organizational Physics structure. It’s critical that we do this training prior to designing the structure. With it, you and your team will all be on the same page, speaking the same language, and prepared to see and understand the why of the proposed new structure.
#3 Draft Structure Created The draft structure is created and refined and your questions answered. You’ll leave this session with the “ah-ha” moment but you will still want to reflect on the proposed design and get comfortable with it over the coming week. This is natural. Our approach to structure is very powerful but also very different from the status quo. It takes some time to integrate your newfound awareness.
#4 Final Structure Created You will have a high level of confidence in the new organizational structure and you will also have a roadmap and a process to follow to roll it out to the rest of the leadership team and eventually the entire company.

What Other Growing Organizations Are Saying

darrenlitt“Lex is a wizard at organizational structure and design. Prior to working with Lex, our organizations had inefficient structures that grew more complex with each new hire, yet Lex helped us reorganize our teams around basic, easy-to-grasp principles. Today as we hire, we reference Lex’s “four forces of management” framework to make sure we’re hiring the right people for the right roles. In other words, if you want your organization to run more smoothly, you need a sound structure to build from. You should learn from Lex.”
– Darren Litt, Internet/Mobile Entrepreneur

Is this Program Right for You?

The Organizational Structure Design program is guaranteed to create a world-class structure that you and the design team understand and buy into. However, the program does not include:

  • Determining who should be in each role and/or wear multiple hats.
  • Rolling the structure out to the larger company.
  • Integrating individuals into their new roles and hats.
  • Strategy definition.

If you need these services, ask us about our Strategic Execution Coaching Program or one of our Workshops.

Also, structure is NOT an org chart. We don’t do org charts like maids don’t do laundry. You don’t need an org chart, you need a structure. There’s a big difference.

What’s the Risk and ROI?

The risk is the time, effort, and money. Just like with the rest of our programs, it’s easy to mitigate this risk. We stand behind our work. If you complete the program and you’re not completely satisfied, we’ll refund your investment in full.

The bigger risk lies in NOT having a structure that’s well designed and scalable. A poor structure won’t follow the core principles of structure. Nor will it show the style of individual you need in each business function. It also won’t clearly reveal the organizational talent gaps while providing you a new hire priority sequence. But the structure we create together most certainly will.

The ROI is exponentially greater than your investment. What’s the value in having a well-designed organization? One that allows the entire organization to execute powerfully on its chosen growth strategy? One that clarifies who should be in what organizational role and why? And one that provides unarguable clarity on who is accountable for what organizational functions in a way that makes sense?

The importance of structure is hard to realize until you actually shift it for the better. Once you do, you can’t imagine ever going back to the way it was. Let us show you what that shift can really be like. Register below for a free exploratory call.

Schedule A Consultation

To learn if Organizational Structure Design is right for you, schedule an introductory call. During the call we’ll discuss your needs, answer your questions, and jointly determine if the program is a good fit for you. To schedule your call, complete the form below: