The Shape Of Opportunity
        Organizational Aikido
       Principles and Questions




      Two Color Hat - Bodega Ba...
“Aikido is performed by blending with the
motion of the attacker and redirecting the force
of the attack rather than oppos...
P1. organizations always move towards the status quo
?1. where does our organization want to go?




    frozen           ...
P2. people migrate towards opportunity
?2. where do people migrate in our company?




        The Flow Principle
        ...
P3. opportunity consolidates with tenure
?3. where is opportunity consolidated?




      Organizational Gravity

        ...
P4. experience yields incremental improvement;
    inexperience yields innovation
?4. do we manage for improvement, innova...
P5. innovation requires permission to fail;
  incremental improvement needs precision
?5 do we want sandboxes, classrooms ...
P6. human groups age by getting older
?6 do we want natural lifecycle or control?




    Organizational Lifecycle
       ...
P7. human groups behave predictably:
- easier to get to top from bottom than middle
- influence supports the status quo
- m...
fast growth       end in sight                                     layoff progression                post cash-cow




sta...
HR Optimization Process
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Take Aways

- organizations have shapes, principles
- change works when it’s aligned with principles (Aikido)
- change hap...
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The best way to lead an organization is by allowing it to do what it naturally wants to do.

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    1. 1. The Shape Of Opportunity Organizational Aikido Principles and Questions Two Color Hat - Bodega Bay, CA - 415.683.0775 - john@twocolorhat.com July 2009 1
    2. 2. “Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. The goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury.” Two Color Hat - Bodega Bay, CA - 415.683.0775 - john@twocolorhat.com July 2009 2
    3. 3. P1. organizations always move towards the status quo ?1. where does our organization want to go? frozen unfrozen frozen Basic Transformation Two Color Hat - Bodega Bay, CA - 415.683.0775 - john@twocolorhat.com July 2009 3
    4. 4. P2. people migrate towards opportunity ?2. where do people migrate in our company? The Flow Principle Two Color Hat - Bodega Bay, CA - 415.683.0775 - john@twocolorhat.com July 2009 4
    5. 5. P3. opportunity consolidates with tenure ?3. where is opportunity consolidated? Organizational Gravity Two Color Hat - Bodega Bay, CA - 415.683.0775 - john@twocolorhat.com July 2009 5
    6. 6. P4. experience yields incremental improvement; inexperience yields innovation ?4. do we manage for improvement, innovation or both? Innovator’s Dilemma Two Color Hat - Bodega Bay, CA - 415.683.0775 - john@twocolorhat.com July 2009 6
    7. 7. P5. innovation requires permission to fail; incremental improvement needs precision ?5 do we want sandboxes, classrooms or both? Manager’s Dilemma Two Color Hat - Bodega Bay, CA - 415.683.0775 - john@twocolorhat.com July 2009 7
    8. 8. P6. human groups age by getting older ?6 do we want natural lifecycle or control? Organizational Lifecycle Two Color Hat - Bodega Bay, CA - 415.683.0775 - john@twocolorhat.com July 2009 8
    9. 9. P7. human groups behave predictably: - easier to get to top from bottom than middle - influence supports the status quo - moving the norm requires constant intervention - continuous improvement can be institutional - innovation can be institutionalized - (continuous improvement is not innovation) ?7. which predictable behaviors do we reward? Predictability of Groups Two Color Hat - Bodega Bay, CA - 415.683.0775 - john@twocolorhat.com July 2009 9
    10. 10. fast growth end in sight layoff progression post cash-cow stable growth natural consolidation revitalization regime change Choosing Organizational Shape Two Color Hat - Bodega Bay, CA - 415.683.0775 - john@twocolorhat.com July 2009 10
    11. 11. HR Optimization Process Two Color Hat - Bodega Bay, CA - 415.683.0775 - john@twocolorhat.com July 2009 11
    12. 12. Take Aways - organizations have shapes, principles - change works when it’s aligned with principles (Aikido) - change happens when measurement is constant - status quo is a good thing - transformation is paradoxical - success = making a decision and measuring the results - start from assumption that orgs do the right thing Summary Two Color Hat - Bodega Bay, CA - 415.683.0775 - john@twocolorhat.com July 2009 12

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