Have you ever been part of a big, bold, strategic change intended to shift the trajectory of the organization, but that eventually just petered out? A common culprit in this scenario is a lack of alignment between elements of an organization’s operating model. This can happen for several reasons. One is sheer exhaustion – it was so much effort to get buy in for the big, new idea, that there is little appetite for changing the incentive/comp system. The result: a new strategy offering rewards for executing against the old strategy. Or, executives fall in love with one particular change lever – you know, it’s all about the boxes and lines in the organization chart, but deal with resource allocation processes? Not of interest. In this talk, McGrath presents a simple, but surprisingly powerful framework for implementing change, the “kite” model, in which she describes how to bring the key elements that determine organizational behavior into alignment.
What you will learn:
- Why taking charge of your own agenda as a leader is the most powerful way to influence the behavior of others
- How to identify and promote a high-performing culture
- What criteria you should use when deciding how to physically locate individuals and teams
- How to make critical decisions about your organization’s history and legacy
- What three questions you can use to measure the effectiveness of a communication
- Why symbols are the most potent mechanism for galvanizing human action that most of us will ever have access to