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


How to Build High-Performing Teams: Next Masterclass

My next masterclass will take place on Saturday, June 29th at 11am Pacific. Join me for a free class if you’re looking to improve your talent management and team performance.

What Participants Will Learn

The Talent Draft Board:
How to use the Talent Draft Board to identify and prioritize the key roles and skills needed for your team.
Techniques for drafting the right talent to fill critical positions, ensuring a balanced and capable team.

PSIU Framework:
Understanding the PSIU framework (Producer, Stabilizer, Innovator, Unifier) and how it applies to team dynamics.
How to identify and leverage the dominant styles of team members to enhance performance and collaboration.

The Three Sources of Conflict:
Identifying the three primary sources of conflict: Vision and Values, Interests, and Styles.
Strategies for addressing and resolving each type of conflict to maintain a harmonious and productive team environment.

Managing Disengaged Employees:
Recognizing the signs of disengagement and understanding its impact on team performance.
Effective methods for re-engaging employees and transforming disengagement into renewed motivation and productivity.

Building Virtual Team Bonds:
Best practices for fostering strong connections and a sense of camaraderie within virtual teams.
Tools and techniques for virtual communication and collaboration that bridge the gap of physical distance.

Placing People in Roles Where They Thrive:
How to assess individual strengths and align them with the right roles to maximize focus and performance.
Creating a strengths-based culture that empowers employees to excel in their areas of expertise.

Forming a Project Team:
Steps for assembling a project team that has the right mix of skills, styles, and expertise.
Tips for setting clear goals, roles, and processes to ensure project success from start to finish.

Key Takeaways

  • Tailored Team Building: Learn to craft teams that are uniquely suited to your organizational needs and objectives.
  • Conflict Resolution Mastery: Gain tools and insights to effectively manage and resolve conflicts, turning potential obstacles into […]
By |2024-06-21T07:24:19-07:00June 21st, 2024|

Navigating Phase Shifts in Business

In nature, phase shifts are dramatic. Think of water: ice is solid and rigid, water is fluid and adaptable, steam is expansive and high-energy. You can’t manage ice like water or steam. Each phase has very different characteristics which require different management models, insights, and skill sets.

The same applies to your business. As it grows, it too goes through predictable phase shifts, and the management models, insights, and skill sets that brought you to the current stage aren’t applicable to the next.

So how can you use this insight to your advantage?

The most important thing is to be able to recognize the shift between one phase and another.
The Organizational Physics Strategy Map is my favorite tool for doing this. It lays out where your business, markets, and products are at in their development now. In addition, it indicates if you are in step with your current phase or not.

Here’s the map. Can you use it to identify your business’ current stage and next phase shift?

Phase shifts are like the transformation of water. Each stage—Pilot It, Nail It, Scale It, Milk It—requires a different mindset, skill set, and approach. Recognize these shifts and adapt. Remember, you can’t manage water like you manage steam or ice. Each phase demands its own strategy.

To learn more about navigating business phase shifts, here are two good places to start:

  1. Read the Mastering Lifecycle Strategy white paper
  2. Complete a Top-Level OKRs Strategy Survey with your leadership team
By |2024-06-13T10:29:23-07:00June 13th, 2024|

Building High-Performing Teams: Focus on What Really Matters

When it comes to building a high-performing team, there are two prevalent camps of thought. One believes the secret lies in hiring qualified people, offering competitive compensation, career development opportunities, and a slew of “free” perks like vacation days, ping-pong tables, work-from-home options, and free snacks. However, this approach often leads to a sense of entitlement rather than true engagement and performance.

The key to genuine high performance lies in a very different environment. It starts with a crystal-clear purpose and strategy for the business. Each team member must have a defined role that aligns with their intrinsic motivations, skills, and style. Total compensation should feel fair and equitable, and individuals need a high degree of autonomy over how they achieve their work.

The real kicker? The design of the system itself determines how people show up and perform. A well-designed organization attracts the right talent who thrive in that environment and naturally weeds out those who don’t fit. You don’t need free food and ping-pong tables to motivate people. Instead, create a workplace where talented individuals are excited to bring their best selves to the table.

Great companies don’t mimic others; they create unique environments that demand high performance. The right people will be drawn to such an environment, while the wrong ones will opt out. Focus on what truly matters: clear purpose, aligned roles, healthy compensation, and autonomy. This is the formula for building a high-performing team.

By |2024-06-06T06:30:03-07:00June 6th, 2024|

Why Entropy is Good

It’s time I made entropy my friend instead of treating it as my enemy.

For much of my career as a coach and author, I’ve preached the gospel of integration over entropy. Drawing on the first and second laws of thermodynamics, I’ve often illustrated entropy as the villain and integration with the environment as the hero. In my book, Organizational Physics: The Science of Growing a Business and the Universal Success Formula, I show how Integration over Entropy is the ultimate barometer of success and happiness. My intention was clear: to teach leaders how to identify energy drains—symptoms of entropy—so they could plug those drains, creating more capacity for integration, innovation, and positive outcomes.

However, upon deeper reflection, I realize I’ve been caught in a dualistic trap. I’ve categorized energy gains like Love, Flow, Success, Harmony, Growth, and Development as positive, and energy drains like Fear, Discord, Inefficiency, Corruption, and Disintegration as negative. As a systems thinker, I pride myself on recognizing that most situations involve managing polarities and trade-offs, rather than solving black-and-white problems. Yet, in this instance, I missed the mark.

Embracing Entropy as a Positive Force

It’s time for me to put entropy in its proper place as a positive force for change. In the physical world, all systems eventually succumb to entropy. Death, decay, and disintegration are natural parts of the lifecycle. Without death, there would be no room for new life to emerge. Old systems give way to the new, creating opportunities for progress and renewal.
Consider the natural world: a forest fire, while destructive, clears the way for new growth. Similarly, in our lives and organizations, entropy points the way to “problems,” which in turn are opportunities for improvement. Everything is interconnected. When we view destruction as inherently bad, we […]

By |2024-05-30T11:44:44-07:00May 30th, 2024|

If You’re Hot, the Problem is You.

Have you ever found yourself seething with anger or feeling deeply upset over a situation, only to realize later that the intensity of your emotions far outweighed the actual circumstances? This is a common experience, and it serves as a powerful reminder: if you’re hot, the problem is you.

At first glance, this might sound like an oversimplification, or even an accusation. But it’s neither. It’s a profound truth that speaks to the heart of our personal growth and evolution. Our experiences in life are deeply intertwined with our consciousness. What one person perceives as a source of happiness, another might see as a reason for sorrow. This divergence in perception highlights a crucial point: life is fundamentally lived from the inside out.

The Lens of Consciousness

Our consciousness acts as the lens through which we interpret and interact with the world. When we encounter a situation that makes us angry, upset, or self-righteous—when we are “hot”—this often points to an inner state that is ready for transformation. These intense emotional reactions are signals from our consciousness, indicating areas where we need to grow and evolve.

For example, consider a situation where a colleague receives praise for a project you worked on together. If you find yourself feeling resentful or indignant, it’s worth examining why this reaction occurred. Is it because you feel unappreciated or overlooked? Or perhaps there’s an underlying insecurity about your own value and contribution? The specific trigger matters less than the inner state it reveals.

Progress Through Transformation

Recognizing that the problem lies within us is not about denying that wrongs and rights exist in the world. Of course, injustices and ethical violations occur, and they deserve to be addressed. However, it is important to observe […]

By |2024-05-28T08:46:56-07:00May 28th, 2024|

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|
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