How will the New Enterprise look?
How about a real world example?
Here is a normalized and downscaled (1/100, some roles weighted) view of how democratizing tools and platforms can remove friction from an organization and allow relationships to build on an ad hoc basis.
After Firestoker (Newly acquired relationships in bold)
New relationships represent some form of work accomplished together, old relationships represent reporting structures.
As you can see, clusters of individuals have formed based on large amounts of work getting done together and some individuals who were previously forced to report to a single individual have now become hyper-connected.
This was done completely unscientifically, but through some simple queries of the database, we were able to get a sense of how this particular set of individuals has adapted to having open access across their organization. While it is inherently more chaotic and formal reporting becomes less obvious, most reporting structures for operational items remain in place.
I have to run this by the client and reaffirm that their perception of these new relationships is the same as what we attempted to measure (sharing, creating or altering together). We might find that some of these new relationships are actually: idle (consuming time/resources with little benefit) or destructive, but I suspect that is not the case.
While we identified some loose relationships in the original chart, it is possible that there were far more of these loose relationships as well, which would bring the original org chart effectively closer to the second one.
What are the risks to the incumbents?
* As the system becomes effective at distributing positive outcomes and low cost, it also becomes vulnerable for some period of time to possible disruption.
* Past power-structures get dismantled
* Poor performance is harder to hide. You can see some individuals in the second chart who have become extremely isolated and who’s relationships have all become fragile.
What are the benefits?
* Efficiencies get pushed into the system with dramatic speed.
* New leaders emerge who form many strong relationships based on results or thought leadership.
* Nurturing personality types provide a strong benefit to the network