Organizations today face increasing pressure from multiple stakeholders and relentless global competition, forcing them to become more innovative in everything they do and produce (Latham, 2013).
What is needed is nothing short of a renaissance of organization thinking and design. Leaders as organization architects of the future will need to master both the technical AND human aspects of design and change. And that is why the Organization Design Studio™ was created.
Our mission is to be your guide to becoming an organization architect. Specifically, an organization architect with the knowledge and skills to [re]create organizations that produce sustainable value for multiple stakeholders. We provide frameworks, tools, and techniques in the form of digital media and learning experiences to help organization architects of all types including leaders of existing organizations, entrepreneurs or leaders of new and emerging organizations, and those who help them (internal and external subject matter experts/consultants) learn how to [re]create the organization they really want.
The “complete” organization architect is both leader and designer. Our work is based on a foundation of two award-winning, peer-reviewed frameworks – one for leadership and one for [re]design. The Leadership Framework for Organization Architects provides a flexible approach to developing your own approach to leading the process of organization design and transformation. The Design Framework for Organization Architects provides a flexible process for the design or redesign of organization systems. Together they are the “blueprint” for [re]creating the organization that you really want!
Our vision is a world where all leaders have the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs), along with the tools, techniques, and technologies (T3) to [re]imagine, [re]design, [re]build, and lead the organizations they really want. A World where all organizations create sustainable value for multiple stakeholders. Our job is to help develop and support the designers and innovators around the world who are reinventing leadership and management and their organizations with digital media, educational experiences, and applications labs that support a learn by doing process.
First and foremost, we value service to others. Service that helps develop the full potential of our fellow humans. Our work builds “bridges” between theory and practice to reimagine and recreate organizations that create value for multiple stakeholders and sustainable excellence. This requires systems thinking combined with a heavy dose of design thinking in a collaborative approach to management innovation.
Independence + Integrity
This site is self-funded and free from external sponsorship or influence. We are free to do what we think is the right thing to do for our members and stakeholders. This is further enabled by our focus on honesty, integrity, and trust which is the foundation for all our activities. With integrity and trust many things are possible, but without it nothing is possible. And, it is the basis for collaboration and teamwork.
Collaboration + Teamwork
We have not found a single person who knows enough to design an effective organization by their self. We value collaboration with organization architects of all types to help develop designs that incorporate the best of your thinking with the best of our thinking. We treat everyone with the same high level of respect regardless of their title, knowledge, skills, or accomplishments. This encourages collaboration among a wide variety of stakeholders.
We value designs that do not steal from one stakeholder (including future generations) to serve another stakeholder or our current “needs” or greed. We believe in organization designs that generate value for all the key stakeholders both current and future. In other words, designs that create win-win systems solutions for today and tomorrow. Our approach is based on a solid foundation of empirical evidence, practical experience, and systems thinking that inform the creative design process to reimagine and reinvent your organization and your leadership.
The purpose of the Organization Design Studio™ is to develop and share frameworks, tools, and techniques to help leaders (both formal and informal), entrepreneurs, and those who help them, [re]design, [re]build, and lead organizations that create value for multiple stakeholders. Serving organization architects is why we get up each day and work on creating more content and improving our current content.
At the Organization Design Studio™ we are working to improve the human condition and have fun doing it. When we are having fun, we are doing our best work. If you are not having fun at work, either you are doing it wrong, or leaders/managers are doing it wrong, or both.