5 Basic Elements



Why Organizations Fail

9 Signs of a Losing Organization

Vadim Kotelnikov

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Why Organizations Fail




Fuzzy Vision

Corporate vision and mission don't inspire people; lack of strategic alignment; people don't know where the organization is going and what it is trying to achieve in the future.




Lack of Leadership Skills

Fear of change; leaders lack entrepreneurial spirit; leadership style on the part of top management is either too directive or too hands-off; managers do not lead, they just administrate and micromanage; weak leadership development program.  >>>





Discouraging Culture

No shared values; lack of trust; blame culture; focus on problems, not opportunities; people don't have fun at work; diversity is not celebrated; failures are not tolerated; people lose confidence in their leaders and systems.




High Bureaucracy

Bureaucratic organizational structures with too many layers; high boundaries between management layers; slow decision making; too close monitoring of things and subordinates; too many tools and documents discouraging creative thinking; bureaucracy is tolerated.


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Lack of Initiative

Poor motivation and encouragement; people do not feel their contributions make a difference; management fails to engage the organization effectively; people work defensively and not creatively, they do their job, and are not to empowered to do nothing more.





Poor Vertical Communication

The is no Guiding Principles; people have no clue of the big picture and do not feel that their contributions are important; too much uncertainty; people don't know what top-managers are thinking and planning because managerial communication  is poor.




Poor Cross-functional Collaboration

Functional mindset;  silo mentality impedes knowledge sharing, cross-pollination of ideas, and innovation; lack of cross-functional goals and cross-functional collaboration spirit; functional, no enterprise-wide business process management; no cross-functional management committees; lack of or powerless cross-functional teams and business architects capable of building business synergies.



Poor Teamwork

No organizational commitment to team culture; lack of shared and worthwhile goals; weak team leaders; team members who don't want to play as part of a team are tolerated; teams are too large; weak intellectual teamwork; lack of shared rewards >>>

 Albrecht's Law: Intelligent people, when assembled into an organization, will tend toward collective stupidity.





Poor Idea and Knowledge Management

Advanced ideation techniques are not adopted; cross-pollination of ideas is not facilitated; no creativity, idea and knowledge management strategies and evaluation systems; "know-it-all" attitude; "not invented here" syndrome.



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