Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Organizational Purposes

Ideally, the digital business will be "organically" and adaptively developed, iterating and empowered to enforce its transcendent purpose.

Every business as a system has a purpose. A system is only a system in relation to a purpose and that purpose is not inherent in the objects and processes you build and create. 

Digital organization is a dynamic purpose-driven system which needs to continue evolving and adapting, bringing greater awareness of intricacies and generating the systemic value to accelerate business performance and unlock its full potential.

To build a transcendent digital organization, the designer must not only consider the purpose of the enterprise but also the purpose of employees: What is your organization's purpose? Is it in alignment with employees’ purpose? You would be surprised at the number of individuals within organizations that have no idea what the organization's purpose is. It’s important to understand the organization as a complex system and the people of the complex system. People are the center of the business. It is about applying a system's lens to understand how the people factor affects the business system, and then, manage the complex system and the people of the complex system as the organic living thing.

The arising new paradigm is all about people-centricity. Digital adaptation is faster if made with the full involvement of people by breaking down silos and overcoming barriers such as outdated processes, procedures, practices, etc. An organization can approach the flow zone when the positions in its hierarchy have clear and accountable tasks and an optimized organizational structure helps to empower people, enforce cross-functional communication and collaboration to deliver better business performance at higher speed.

The organizational purpose and employee purpose ties in with the leadership development and who we are as people and as leaders: The digital era upon us is about people. To run a holistic business, it’s the importance of understanding how relationships work, strengthening connections between business units, searching for meaningful business relationships both within these subsystems and between them; monitor and observe links and feedback systems to achieve business purposes; perceive it as right purpose to improve the welfare of all in the organization, perceive it as a worthwhile purpose - good for all.

Leadership is the threshold to tie business purpose and employee purpose for unlocking business potential. Digital management is responsible for enabling a collaborative, innovative, and productive working environment. You will treat the association as a calling - opportunity to serve others and will be passionately engaged in generating multidimensional business value. Managers evolve, encourage people to give feedback or even co-make strategic decisions, motivate people and make them feel more engaged with their work and deliver solid performance.

The purpose itself is a multidimensional system, to keep the business system firm, think of the quality of systems: Every business system has its position in the hierarchy of systems. However, system hierarchy is different from the command control hierarchy. The highly complex and dynamic system needs to be elaborated in a well-organized effort. To be a highly functional business system, the organizational hierarchy must balance the welfare, freedoms, and responsibilities of the subsystems and total system, there must be enough central control to achieve coordination toward the large-system goals, and enough autonomy to keep all subsystems flourishing, functioning, and self-organizing.

To reach the high level of organizational maturity, companies should gain the super consciousness of business purpose, organizations will be able to let themselves think not only of what exists (conscious and subconscious), how they exist in the business world, being in the business world (conscious), reach the state of subconscious via autonomy and becoming superconscious - how to change the business or the world. In practice, the business management should focus on managing a portfolio of relevant cross-border strategic synergies and business interdependence with the appropriate mix of business elements and maintaining the right level of digital balance, so that they can respond to the challenges of a more complex, interconnected, and interdependent world.

Business change is hyper accelerating, especially as it relates to the people and value creation dimensions and it is more important than ever to engage profound digital leaders to reimagine, architect, design, and help the enterprise chart the course and set a better sail. Ideally, the digital business will be "organically" and adaptively developed, iterating and empowered to enforce its transcendent purpose by intelligent organizational design and dynamic business system needs to be elaborated in the design-led management effort, expanding both horizontally and vertically, across all business dimensions to reach the next level of organizational maturity.


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