Prevent Bureaucracy in Your Organization

Bureaucracy can show up in even the most entrepreneurial company.  It’s when people get so fixated on inputs and process that they don’t value outputs and results.  You see it when the discussion is about how many training sessions were conducted, instead of the actual impact of the training on improved performance.  Or when the discussion is about the number of hits to a website instead of the amount of sales generated.  Or when a management team spends more time discussing the planning process than in thinking creatively and strategically about where they want to take the organization.

How to Prevent Bureaucracy:  You can inoculate your organization against bureaucracy by maintaining a vigilant focus on results and the immediate actions that lead to results.

© Copyright 2016  Bob Legge

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Bob Legge provides organizations with the ability to exceed their most ambitious goals.  I work with leaders of Fortune 500 companies, small and mid-size companies, nonprofits, education, and government. Together, we drive strategy, lead successful change, develop high performance cultures, improve individual and organizational performance, and produce faster, sustainable growth and value.  Contact him at  bob.legge@leggecompany.com

How to Reduce Organizational Stress and Dysfunction

Alvin Toffler wrote in the 1970s about how the world was going to experience change as never before.  He was correct.    Toffler he said that a primary concern would be what he termed, “Future Shock,”  which happens when the amount of change faced by an individual or organization exceeds the capacity to assimilate it.  People and organizations don’t shut-down when the they experience Future Shock, but they do begin to act ‘squirrely,’ and the level of stress and anxiety increases.  At high levels they can become unproductive, even counter-productive.  In organizations, it results in increasing levels of dysfunction.

I see this happening regularly in both individuals I coach, and in organizations I consult with.  In most cases, it’s up to the leader to put in place practical mechanisms to reduce the stress and dysfunction.  Those mechanisms work at reducing the amount of change the organization must process, or increasing the resilience and ability of the organization to assimilate more change.  The two worst things a leader can do is to hope it goes away, or push the organization to handle it.

Chances are you are seeing Future Shock in your organization.  What are you doing about it?

© Copyright 2016  Bob Legge

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Bob Legge provides organizations with the ability to exceed their most ambitious goals.  I work with leaders of Fortune 500 companies, small and mid-size companies, nonprofits, education, and government. Together, we drive strategy, lead successful change, develop high performance cultures, improve individual and organizational performance, and produce faster, sustainable growth and value.  Contact him at  bob.legge@leggecompany.com

Want to improve leadership? Don’t stop with the leader.

The most important factor in developing highly-successful organizations is leadership.  But leadership won’t be improved only by improving one person.  You also need to improve key people who report to the leader and often you need to improve the culture.  The best way I know how to improve key people is to focus on developing the direct reports.  High performers need to be challenged, stimulated, and supported.  Those with the potential to be high performers need coaching and targeted development.  And weak performers need to start delivering on specific performance objectives and deadlines.

© Copyright 2016  Bob Legge

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Bob Legge provides organizations with the ability to exceed their most ambitious goals.  I work with leaders of Fortune 500 companies, small and mid-size companies, nonprofits, education, and government. Together, we drive strategy, lead successful change, develop high performance cultures, improve individual and organizational performance, and produce faster, sustainable growth and value.  Contact him at  bob.legge@leggecompany.com