Communication and Structure – Get Any Organization Back on Track

Communication and StructureHaving been involved in organizational leadership for more than 20 years, I am always intrigued by those things that either hinder growth or support it. It’s true – every organization is moving ahead or its falling behind.

The primary focus of my work has been organizational development. In fact, the companies and institutions where I served each experienced significant growth while I was there. Several experienced record growth. And more importantly, some have continued to grow since I transitioned to a new place of work.

There are two things that have the most profound influence on whether an organization grows or declines

communication and structure. And problems within companies are generally the byproduct of inadequate communication or structure (or both).

Communication problems often include mission, vision, or core values that are not clearly understood by ALL constituents. Inconsistent communication, conflicting messages, distrust, and lack of respect also rank among the top communication challenges. There are many more – many that you deal with on a daily basis.

Structural problems frequently involve unclear processes, policies, and procedures, improperly positioned personnel, an outdated leadership or management paradigm, a stagnant organizational structure, and many more.

I’ve observed that those leaders who adequately address communication and structural challenges successfully eliminate the majority of problems within their organizations and lead their teams and companies to grow.

The same is true for growing individuals. Growing people develop a disciplined structure for life, and they communicate clearly and consistently. It really seems too simple – which is probably why these two areas are commonly neglected for “bigger problems” or “more pressing issues”.

So why do we wait? It’s not like there is ever going to be a better time to get back on track. The communication problems will only get worse. The stale, outdated structure will only drag us down further.

So,it’s time! It’s time to address inadequate communication. Michael Hyatt has written a great post that outlines a highly practical plan for improving communication in any organization. And it’s time to address faulty structure – in our personal lives, in our teams, and within our organizations.

So, why do you think we wait? What steps should we be taking to adequately assess and address organizational structure?

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  • This is such an important aspect of leading. The ability to clearly and effectively communicate with your people on a regular basis. Just found your blog and I’m looking forward to learning from you.

    • Great to hear from you, Dan. I’m looking forward to growing together!

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    I think most organizations wait because leaders do not recognize the need, are afraid of acknowledging a mistake, or believe they do not have the tools needed to resolve the issues. Additionally, organizations I have been exposed to have a leadership structure or culture that fails to recognize the value of personal development.

    • Yes, people are valuable and worth developing. When we’re too busy to adequately invest in our teams, we’re headed for trouble. Thanks for sharing!