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Organizations, like people, are creatures of habit. Thus, one of the toughest aspects of organizational change is parting with ways of working that may have succeeded in the past but that may leave an enterprise ill-prepared to handle the challenges of the 21st-century business environment. Transformation consultant Martin Danoesastro explains how he helped a hierarchically organized bank to restructure. His thesis, though anecdotal, provides valuable input for business leaders and HR professionals seeking ways to make their organizations more agile and efficient.

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Martin Danoesastro is a senior partner and managing director of the Boston Consulting Group.

 

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When birds flock together and soar through the sky in unison, they don’t follow a leader. Rather, they abide by a common set of rules that allows them to make independent decisions while achieving perfect synchrony. “Their alignment enables their autonomy, and their autonomy makes them fast and flexible.” When transformation consultant Martin Danoesastro studied the organizational structure of highly innovative companies like Google, Spotify and Netflix, he found they behaved much like flocks ...


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