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Anticipating
  Tomorrow’s
  Organisation
      by
Andrew Rixon PhD
Did you know?
  Ants “discovered”
 agriculture through
division of labour and
hierarchy more than
  40,000 years ago.
How far have we
    come?
Welcome the modern
organisational form…
The Hierarchical
 Organisation
Here’s a forgotten
      story
Once upon a time…
All was well within the
     hierarchy…
Systems, Structures,
    Policies and
Procedures were all
 working smoothly.
Until one day when
Jane saw a problem
      sail in...
A problem that saw
the need for change...
Jane informed her
   boss. Her boss
informed her boss…
  And so on up the
     hierarchy…
Eventually…

  The CEO became
aware of the problem.
He agreed.

They needed to
   change.
Jane waited and
   watched as the
problem sailed on...
The CEO engaged his
 senior leadership
      team.

They started work on
    a solution…
They engaged down
the business. Layer by
  layer. The solution
eventually made it to
          Jane.
The only problem
     was…
There was now a new
 problem arriving…
Jane wondered if she
  would have to go
   through all that
      AGAIN…
Fortunately for Jane
there was something
on the horizon which
 meant she wouldn’t
      have to...
Unfortunately for the
 organisation it also
meant the end of the
  hierarchy as they
       knew it.
Post Script:
A sign that we’ve
moved beyond the
 ants could be…
We’re not so hung-up
 on hierarchies…
Credits…
This piece was inspired by Bob Dick’s
article titled “Whatever happened to
bureacracy”.

Simon Kneebone cartoonist
extraor...
Babel Fish Group, lead by Andrew Rixon PhD, is a boutique company
helping organisations and individuals to become more res...
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This tells the story of what might be considered a forgotten fairy tale.

With today's environment asking us what will tomorrow bring for organisations, this story explores what might become of hierarchies.

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Anticipating Tomorrows Organisation

  1. 1. Anticipating Tomorrow’s Organisation by Andrew Rixon PhD
  2. 2. Did you know? Ants “discovered” agriculture through division of labour and hierarchy more than 40,000 years ago.
  3. 3. How far have we come?
  4. 4. Welcome the modern organisational form…
  5. 5. The Hierarchical Organisation
  6. 6. Here’s a forgotten story
  7. 7. Once upon a time…
  8. 8. All was well within the hierarchy…
  9. 9. Systems, Structures, Policies and Procedures were all working smoothly.
  10. 10. Until one day when Jane saw a problem sail in...
  11. 11. A problem that saw the need for change...
  12. 12. Jane informed her boss. Her boss informed her boss… And so on up the hierarchy…
  13. 13. Eventually… The CEO became aware of the problem.
  14. 14. He agreed. They needed to change.
  15. 15. Jane waited and watched as the problem sailed on...
  16. 16. The CEO engaged his senior leadership team. They started work on a solution…
  17. 17. They engaged down the business. Layer by layer. The solution eventually made it to Jane.
  18. 18. The only problem was…
  19. 19. There was now a new problem arriving…
  20. 20. Jane wondered if she would have to go through all that AGAIN…
  21. 21. Fortunately for Jane there was something on the horizon which meant she wouldn’t have to...
  22. 22. Unfortunately for the organisation it also meant the end of the hierarchy as they knew it.
  23. 23. Post Script:
  24. 24. A sign that we’ve moved beyond the ants could be…
  25. 25. We’re not so hung-up on hierarchies…
  26. 26. Credits…
  27. 27. This piece was inspired by Bob Dick’s article titled “Whatever happened to bureacracy”. Simon Kneebone cartoonist extraordinaire produced the pictures within.
  28. 28. Babel Fish Group, lead by Andrew Rixon PhD, is a boutique company helping organisations and individuals to become more resilient and adaptive in a world of increasing uncertainty through the development and use of complexity inspired approaches and tools. Our flagship “Thriving in Complexity” programs include: • The Two Stories • Getting Unstuck! How complexity helps… • Resilience through networks and systems thinking For more, continue reading here: http://www.babelfishgroup.com

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