Leadership

Do You Have the Guts to Blow Things Up?

by Rick Dunham, Founder+CEO

One of the things a leader needs to be willing to do is blow things up. Not literally, of course, but figuratively.

Here’s what I mean.

Often organizations develop a bit like an amoeba, adding a position here, another position there, and before you know it you have this strange looking thing that doesn’t function as it should. It becomes bloated, inefficient, and ineffective.

That’s when you need to be willing to blow things up and rebuild your organization, department, or division to make it work better.

Right now, we have a division in our company that resembles a bit of an amoeba. And it’s delivering below expectations and unprofitable. We could try and use some touch-up paint here or knock out a ding there, but at the end of the day, that won’t solve the problem.

So the head of this division is blowing it up.

Our goal is to redefine and restructure roles that more accurately reflect what this division needs to deliver and decide what roles need to be added. And we are tearing apart our work process and rebuilding it from the ground up.

This is hard work and it’s terribly inconvenient.

You have to be driven to not settle for the norm… to stop doing business as usual. Instead, you need to be willing to do the hard yards of rethinking how to deliver best-of-class work and, if necessary, then blow up what you currently have and rebuild it to make that best-of-class work a reality.

If your area of responsibility is underperforming, do you have the guts to blow it up?


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