Friday, July 29, 2011

Does Group Size Matter?



Yes, group size does matter. There are studies that indicate that a group’s size can be a function of the group’s function. If you have a group that is designed to problem solveor fact-find, then it can be more effective for the group to be composed of 12 or more people. On the other hand, if you have a group that’s designed to take action or go out and do something, then that group can be more effective if it’s smaller and has, perhaps, 7 to 12 people.

Group size does matter. Here’s an example of how it works. You’re a politician, and you need to canvas a certain area. You can problem solve to strategize the best way to door knock in that area. In your problem solving, you would have a group of more than 12 people. Let’s say you’d have 14 people to help problem solve how to best canvas the area. Once you come up with your solutions, then you can actually breakdown into smaller group, perhaps 7 in each group, to go out and execute the solutions.

Again, group size matters. If the group is smaller and actually task oriented, then the group would be more effective if you have maybe 7 to 12 people. However, if the group is problem solving, brainstorming, or fact-finding, then that group might be more effective if you have more than 12 people.

Thank you for listening. I’m Jovi “Professor Jovi” Brown. Until next time, let’s think better, and do better. I’ll take comments on this blog right here on jovibrownweekdaywords.blogspot.com, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.  

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Work Your Strategy



I am a business architect, and there have been a number of companies that have wondered how they can distinguish themselves within the marketplace. One way to distinguish yourself is to work your strategy. There are companies that spend countless hours, in meeting after meeting, developing strategies. They come up with these grand strategies; yet they fail to align their organizational structure with the new strategy so the strategy doesn’t work.

In order to work your strategy, you actually have to take the time to develop a nice strategy; but, then, go within your organization and re-vamp or tweak your structure, if needed, to fit with the new strategy. When you have an organizational structure that fits with thestrategy, or is aligned with your new strategy, then you’re better positioned to work it.

What am I saying? What I’m saying is that if you have that innovative strategy, you’re that company that’s trying to set yourself apart by doing things that your competitors aren’t doing__thinking outside of the box and actually moving outside of the box__then what you want to do is make sure that your organizational structure fits with that. Make sure that your organizational structure is aligned with the innovative strategy.

Make sure that you’re allowing your employees to be creative and innovative. Allow them to do what they need to do in order to accomplish the goals that you’ve given them. That means that you have to have a decentralized authority system, and you have to allow people to take responsibility and ownership for their part of the piece in your big puzzle.

Having a decentralized organizational structure can allow your employees to be more creative. Such a structure can allow your employees to do what you’ve hired them to do. You’ve hired the best and the brightest to be innovative and creative so let them do what they do.

I’m Jovi “Professor Jovi” Brown. Thank you for listening. Until next time, let’s think better, and do better. If you want to make comments on this blog, then you can do so right here on jovibrownweekdaywords.blogspot.com, or you can go to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Valuing Older Workers



In today’s business world, older workers can become an invaluable asset to any organization. There are studies that indicate that older workers tend to be more committed to organizations. They tend to take on positions for the long term rather than the short term. In addition, older workers tend to call off less form work unless there is an emergency. In this, they are more likely to generate, or accumulate, vacation time than are younger workers.

Now, in addition to being committed to organizations, while in an organization, older works can provide invaluable insight within different areas of an organization. For example, if a person has been in a position for 20, 30, 40, or 50 years, then that person most likely knows the ropes of that position. They can provide you with information that you may not be able to get from your market research or looking at the history of your company or industry. The older worker just might know some inside stuff that can actually help your organization to get a competitive advantage.

Nonprofits have taken advantage of older workers. A number of nonprofits have Baby Boomers on their boards, and they have Baby Boomers as volunteers within their organizations. This actually strengthens their human capital which increases their market share; and it helps organizations or nonprofits to make more money.

When looking at older workers, they’ve been invaluable in nonprofits, and they can also be invaluable in the for-profit world. If you’re that for-profit and you need a consultant or someone to give you information or insight, then you might want to consider hiring an older worker on a part-time basis to help your organization to gain the competitive advantage that it needs.

Thank you for listening. I’m Jovi “Professor Jovi” Brown. Until next time, let’s think better, and do better. I’ll take comments on this blog right here on jovibrownweekdaywords.blogspot.com, or you can go to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

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