Organization Simplification

Our Approach

Organizational complexity is the new normal, driven by growth, globalization and disruptive technologies; properly addressing it requires time and focus. In order to do it decisively and sustainably, our holistic approach takes business fundamentals such as corporate strategy and operating model into account to ensure that we understand its root causes. We then address each one of these causes simultaneously with focused, practical recommendations and pragmatic incentives for both management and the frontline.

Our consultants team with clients to answer key questions about the complexity challenge:

  • What issues are causing complexity? Tackling organizational complexity needs to be holistic and should begin with the fundamentals: a firm's strategy and operating model. Our approach to understanding the source of the complexity is supplemented by management interviews, targeted analysis and industry benchmarking.
  • What actions will address complexity? Reducing complexity is about mobilizing properly and designing the right solutions for the long-term. We help clients build more efficient organizations while simultaneously cutting out redundant or unnecessary activity so that complexity doesn’t creep back.
  • How do we achieve and sustain change? The only way to make complexity reduction sustainable is to ensure that the organization adopts, aligns and reinforces the right mindset and behaviors that allow it to operate more efficiently and effectively. This is a fundamental requirement that acknowledges that the behaviors and patterns of individuals across an organization are often major contributing factors to the complexity challenge in the first place.
What we do

Relying upon our broad organization consulting experience, we use our holistic approach to help companies identify and simultaneously address the three fundamental drivers of complexity: an organization's structure, its people and their respective interactions.

In tackling complexity, we seek to put our clients on a path to long-term success by ensuring that its symptoms—bloat, congestion and dysfunction—don’t creep back:


Organization Simplification - What we do

Our organization teams benefit from the input of industry-specific experts and those with backgrounds in Strategy, Performance Improvement, Information Technology and Customer Strategy & Marketing. Our Results Delivery® approach also helps our case and client teams with change management to increase the odds of success. Along with our expertise on organization simplification, this forms the basis for collaborative, tailored, recommendations that suit each organization's unique needs.

Insights
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Our team

We work as an integrated part of your team, from frontline to C-suite, to deliver true results and make the changes stick.

Our leadership team

  • Sarah
  • Sarah Elk

    Organization Simplification Expert

    Chicago

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  • Michael
  • Michael Mankins

    Organization Simplification Expert

    San Francisco

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  • Torsten
  • Torsten Lichtenau

    Organization Simplification Expert

    London

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  • Jeff
  • Jeff Denneen

    Organization Simplification Expert

    Atlanta

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In addition to the leaders listed above, we have an extensive and diverse team of experts ready to serve the needs of clients worldwide. Please contact us to submit a business inquiry.