Posts tagged ‘Organizational Change’

June 12, 2012

The Future of The Non-Profit Arts

If you aren’t already following the Mission Paradox blog, I highly recommend that you start. There’s a great series being unfolded on that site these days – The Future of The Non-Profit Arts.

From Part One

If you think about the structure of a typical arts org – Board, CEO, multiple (siloed) departments, a defined hierarchy – you can see the fingerprints of the Industrial Revolution all over the thing.  This was a necessary step.  The arts industry needed a sense of stability.  It needed organizations capable of creating art year after year.

It makes sense that people would assume that what created stability in so many other industries (hierarchy, systems, etc.) would do the same in our world.

They were right, for a very long time. Read more.

And now from Part Two

Organizational design is a set of decisions.  Some spoken.  Some unspoken.  They are a set of decisions about how information flows, how power is shared, how quickly change happens, or whether change happens at all.

If you change the decisions, you change the design.  

If you change the design, you change the outcomes. Read more.

It’s already a thought-provoking series – I’m interested to read the next instalment.

Reminder! The Edward Bond Festival starts today! Visit the website to find out what you should be going to – there are some amazing events happening!

May 24, 2012

Don’t go changin’

I switched over to Facebook Timeline in December, I wanted a chance to get used to it, essentially on my own terms.  It’s been six months and the reaction is fairly whatever, but there are still folks complaining, threatening to leave, folks saying they’ve managed to “avoid” it, etc.

There are lots of valid reasons not to want to switch (or be switched) over. There are lots of times I’m irritated all to death by a company’s new web design promising greater efficiency and a better experience only to have it be the exact opposite. For the first while, anyway.

Change is good. It leads to bigger and better things. But mostly? We all just hate dealing with it. It happens when we get a new phone, or a new computer, or a new apartment. It’s different, it’s uncomfortable, we’re unsure how to use is (or where the laundry room is). It’s the change that bugs, not the new thing itself. Humans are naturally change averse.

Good article here on change aversion from DesignStaff: why users hate what you launched (and what to do about it). I liked this line: When products change and advanced users suddenly become novices, you should expect anxiety to result.

Read on!  And maybe leave early if you can, because it’s really nice out. But don’t say it was my idea.

ETA – the always fabulous Avery sent me two links about change, specifically Facebook change – enjoy!

Here’s an excerpt from an article about Zuckerburg from the April issue of Fast Company magazine:


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