Home2024-03-27T18:21:20-07:00

Are you ready to drive your business to its next level?

At Organizational Physics, we coach expansion-stage businesses to new heights. We work with you to design a new structure, streamline your strategic execution, drive unparalleled performance gains, and develop a culture that thrives. All this, in a fraction of the time you’re currently spending managing your company.

It’s a unique blend of systems thinking and expert coaching tailored to your needs.

To see if our approach is right for you, visit our tutorials, go deeper with a good book, test drive our unique SWOT analysis, or read our case studies.

For expansion-stage CEOs, we offer our premier Designed to Scale CEO coaching program with guaranteed results.

There’s a lot to do here at Organizational Physics.

Drop me a line if I can be of any assistance.

Cheers,

Lex


Discover the Root Cause of Business Pain with the Entropy Survey

If you have a hurt shoulder, where should you focus your energy and attention to help create permanent pain relief?

Do you rely on aspirin, ice, shoulder band resistance training, or even surgery?

Or, do you consider the connective tissue that surrounds the shoulder in your neck, torso, and even all the way down to your feet?

While it might seem strange that the pain in your shoulder could be caused by an imbalance all the way down in your feet, the reality is that foot pain can cause you to lean forward or hunch over, leading to a forward head posture that strains your neck, shoulders, and back.

Everything is connected.

What about your business? If there’s pain in your business, such as friction, inefficiency, infighting, poor velocity, or substandard quality, where should you focus your energy and attention to create relief?

Do you address the pain point directly, or do you examine the interconnections that surround it?

This is why I created the Entropy Survey. It’s a root cause diagnostic tool that scans your business for internal pain points and identifies the connective tissue causing the pain.

It allows you to see the inner workings of your business through a systems view.

For example, is the breakdown in our sales function due to a poor customer onboarding process, inadequate product management, or because we are targeting the wrong types of customers?

If you don’t look holistically at the entire business, then you’ll attempt to cure the symptom but miss the underlying root cause.

Everything is connected. Look to the interconnection points and put your energy and focus there.

If operational excellence is important to you, I highly recommend taking this tool, the Entropy Survey, for a free test drive and discovering what you can uncover.

By |2024-05-17T09:44:32-07:00May 17th, 2024|

How to Take Your Business to the Next Level: Masterclass Invitation

Are you lying awake at night, asking yourself, “How do I elevate my business to the next level?”

You’ve found product-market fit.

You’re at the coveted “Nailed it” stage.

But now, you’re wrestling with the challenge of scaling your business to the next stage.

Here’s how to bridge that gap:

✅ Envision the Future: Take the time to crystalize where you want your business to be. A clear, compelling vision will act as your North Star, guiding every decision and action as you scale.

✅ Hire Strategically: Focus intently on bringing the right people on board. As a founder, you’ve worn many hats: product manager, engineer, HR lead. It’s time to narrow your role and excel as the CEO. Delegate and empower your team to handle the rest.

✅ Revamp Your Structure: Reevaluate your organizational design. Even with a great culture and stellar hires, a poorly structured company will crumble under external pressures. Build a robust framework that can support and sustain growth.

✅ Monitor and Adapt: Constantly assess what’s working and what’s not. Establish key performance indicators (KPIs) to track progress and regularly review performance data. Leverage these insights to pinpoint areas for improvement and make data-driven decisions.

If you’re struggling to chart the next steps for your business’s upgrade, I’m here to help.

📌 Join My Exclusive Masterclass: I’m hosting a free, exclusive masterclass designed to help you structure your business for exponential growth. You’ll gain access to strategies and insights that will equip you with the right mindset to make smarter, results-driven decisions.

Register for my next masterclass on Saturday, May 25th, 11am Pacific.

Register here ==>

By |2024-05-17T09:15:06-07:00May 17th, 2024|

Your Vision & Action Plan Exercise

If you believe like I do that a person’s life is a reflection of their commitments, then this interactive program “Your Vision & Action Plan” is one of the most important investments you can make. It will guide you step by step to clarify and follow through on your most important commitments — those that you’re ready to make to yourself, your loved ones, your company, or whatever is truly most important to you.

The program is divided into three parts:

Part I. Your Long-Range Vision
The goal of this section is to capture the essence of what you want your life to look and feel like five years from now. Think of this section as the “why” of your life. Budget 30 minutes to complete this.

Part II: Your Annual Targets
The goal of this section is to clarify and align your most important annual targets for the coming year. Ones that will bring you closer to your vision and cover the most important topics of your life and work this year. Think of this section as the “what” of the coming year. Budget 20 minutes to complete this.

Part III: Your New Quarterly Growth Habits
Part III is about the process that you’ll implement this quarter that will ensure you achieve your annual targets and actualize your long-range vision. Cultivating a habit is a way of operating in your daily/weekly life that reinforces your desired behavior in support of your annual targets and your vision. Think of this section as the “how” for the coming quarter. Budget 30 minutes to complete this.

Click here when you’re ready to begin: https://organizationalphysics.com/your-vision-and-action-plan/

By |2024-04-29T04:40:15-07:00April 29th, 2024|

Success Stories in Organizational Scaling

I’ve been a business scaling coach for over a decade and in that time I have learned a lot. Some big wins, some battle scars, and a deeper appreciation for taking a systems thinking approach to growing companies.

In  my coaching practice, I have a unique specialty area. I don’t specialize in a particular type of business or vertical niche. I work with companies across a range of sectors because I specialize in a specific stage of organizational development — the expansion stage, also known as the transition between the Nail It and Scale It stages.

This is a critical and usually rocky period for businesses to navigate. One the one hand, you have nailed product-market fit and growing sales. On the other, the old structure and approach—the one that got you here—isn’t getting you to the next level. How do you scale your company through this transition without losing your entrepreneurial speed and edge?

What I’ve learned is that most companies struggle with this transition. The founders or CEO feel like a bottleneck. There are strong vertical functions like sales, operations, engineering but weak cross-functional coordination. The company may have lost sight of its founding vision and what used to be fast and easy to accomplish inside the company now seems to take too much time and effort to accomplish.

Many companies (myself included when I was a venture-backed CEO) have tried to solve these problems but chose a “cure” that was worse than the original disease, setting themselves back months and years. There are folk cures such as replacing the founder prematurely and losing a powerful innovating force; or attempting a Queen of England structure, in which a single President and COO oversees the company while the founder focuses on innovation […]

By |2024-03-14T18:54:00-07:00March 14th, 2024|

Ten Rules for Highly Effective Meetings

One of my biggest pet peeves is unproductive meetings. In fact, I dislike unproductive meetings so much that I began to study what it takes to facilitate great meetings—and meetings that matter.

Thinking through meeting design and facilitation has been my way of trying to lessen the burden and suffering that I and others experience when we’re stuck in a bad and unproductive meeting.

This list of Ten Rules for Highly Effective Meetings is born from experience and the principles of Organizational Physics. You can apply them to your own meetings and improve them by 30% or more.

Think about that figure for a moment. How much time and energy do you personally spend/waste in meetings each week? And how much does your entire company spend/waste each week? It’s likely a big and costly number.

A change in approach to how you organize and run meetings can have a dramatic impact on your bottom line. Meetings will take less time, consume less energy, and result in better decisions and faster organizational velocity.

Why Have Meetings at All

There’s a lot of noise on the internet right now telling you that the best solution to bad meetings is to get rid of meetings altogether. Slamming meetings isn’t a new trend. Here are two of history’s most prominent management gurus on meetings:

“Meetings are indispensable when you don’t want to do anything.” – John Kenneth Galbraith

“Either you meet or you work. You cannot do both at the same time.” – Peter F. Drucker

I used to be in this “get rid of meetings so we can work camp” too. But I came to a realization. Trying to get rid of meetings, or attempting to automate them away through the use of AI, is like trying to get rid of the […]

By |2024-03-09T04:07:11-08:00March 6th, 2024|

How to Structure Your Business Around AI

Two past coaching clients just reached out to ask me about structuring AI into their companies this week. This tells me it’s time to write an article, so here we go.

One of the principles behind Organizational Physics is that you always want to manage appropriately for the lifecycle stage of the project, product, business, or business unit. First you pilot it, then you nail it, then you scale it. AI adoption is no different.

The Pilot It Stage of AI Adoption: Using GPTs

Most companies are already in the Pilot It stage of AI adoption. Employees, especially innovators and early adopters, are using AI tools to be more productive, but the work itself has not fundamentally changed. This means that your social media marketing manager uses a GPT plug-in to create more social media posts, but their job remains fundamentally the same. It’s the same for software engineers, salespeople, and really any knowledge worker using a GPT. Discovering what different AI tools are capable of is fascinating and a bit unnerving. On their own initiative, the leading edge is researching and deploying their own AI tools and often bringing their findings back to the company.

Of course these discoveries raise plenty of questions and concerns. “Wait… what about data security?” “Wait… what about privacy?” “Wait… does this mean won’t have jobs?” These concerns are valid, yet every thinking person can see that the world has changed. If your company is going to survive and thrive, then it must quickly figure out how to nail AI adoption.

The Nail It Stage of AI Adoption: Building an AI Brain

My coaching clients on the leading edge of AI adoption are all on the same mission right now: to create and leverage their own internal, centralized AI brain. […]

By |2024-01-15T14:03:32-08:00January 15th, 2024|

Who Do We Want to Be and Become as an Organization?

I have found that the way we want to be and become as an organization is shaped by two dimensions.

One area is quantitative goals. This includes things like our top-line revenue goals, profit goals, and measures of excellence in the form of key performance indicators (KPIs). If your company were a human body, think of these things like the objective goals of the brain.

The other area is qualitative goals. These include things like our reason for being, our core vision and values, and why what we do is actually important. If your company were a human body, think of these things like desires of the heart.

Here’s the thing. An integrated human being seeks to align their head with their heart. And this is an ongoing, dynamic process. Alignment is not a one-time event. It’s a constant dance. A person committed to integration adjusts their choices and relationships consciously when they notice a misalignment occurring. Living a life well-lived is all about playing that game.

The same applies to your business. It also has a collective brain and heart. An effective leader is one who can define the current and desired future reality in such a way that it galvanizes the organization’s brain and heart to close the gap—to make the current reality more like the desired future reality.

How to Integrate the Organizational Head and Heart

With Organizational Physics, you can quickly gather perspectives on what should be included in the head and heart of your organization through two survey modules. This is a structured way to gather feedback from your leadership team and other key influencers.

An organization’s “heart” is defined by its company core. The Company Core survey module includes nine questions that define your company’s qualitative objectives and its reason […]

By |2023-12-28T12:52:57-08:00December 28th, 2023|
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