How to De­sign a Short-lived But High-im­pact Or­ga­ni­za­tion

Rotman Management Magazine - - FRONT PAGE -

• Fo­cus on an im­por­tant, com­plex prob­lem that must be

ad­dressed but that es­tab­lished or­ga­ni­za­tions can­not han­dle.

• Iden­tify the spe­cific gaps that ex­ist­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions

can­not fill.

• Cre­ate an or­ga­ni­za­tion with a for­mal gov­er­nance struc­ture that en­gages peo­ple with rel­e­vant ex­per­tise and equips them to make de­ci­sions that will lead to progress to­wards the ful­fill­ment of im­por­tant goals.

• Con­struct a set of near-term goals against which progress

can be mea­sured.

• As­sure that the or­ga­ni­za­tion has ac­cess to rel­e­vant re­sources

and ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

• Re­lent­lessly mea­sure progress against ne­go­ti­ated goals.

• Celebrate suc­cesses.

• Ex­e­cute plans to ‘pull the plug’ by shut­ting down the

or­ga­ni­za­tion when its mis­sion is ful­filled.

• Re­de­ploy as­sets fast and ef­fec­tively.

• Man­age net­works of re­la­tion­ships to sup­port tal­ented

or­ga­ni­za­tional par­tic­i­pants as they seek new op­por­tu­ni­ties.

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