From the Ask Tom mailbag –
You say that management initiatives (like communication, efficiency, goal setting and teamwork) will flounder if laid on the wrong structure. How do you get your structure right?
Determine the number of layers (only minimum necessary).
Determine the functions required, and the level of work required in each function.
You are the captain of your business model, you get to decide. Think about core functions and support functions. Some functions will require more intensity than others, and some functions not at all. Quicklist –
- Account Management or Project Management
- Quality Assurance or Quality Control
- Research and Development
- Human Resources
- Accounting and Finance
Your business model will determine the functions you need and the level of work in each function. Often, your core functions are related to operations, and carry more robust levels of work. Your support functions are there to support the core – business development, marketing, human resources, finance and may not require a full complement of levels of work.