Holacracy

Holacracy: We know what we’re doing…

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This great article in Quartz discusses the way a Canadian operation of the engineering giant GE has implemented ‘Holacracy’, a posh way of saying that teams themselves decide how to reach the company’s goals. The logic is simple: nobody is better equipped with the vision to solve practical problems than the teams themselves. Holacracy doesn’t work for everyone (as ever, no strategy works for everyone), but at A2B, we have always  maintained that the best route to efficiency is to leverage the latent talent and goodwill of employees, and there’s no better way to encourage that goodwill than to bother …

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Realising efficiency after the Quick Wins are done: A vision for infrastructure in 2017

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In November 2016 at the Highways UK conference, Jim spoke passionately about the future of major projects and infrastructure in the post-Brexit world of uncertainty. There’s no question that infrastructure is a key element of economic recovery and national pride – but project management offices are under ever greater pressure to cut costs and demonstrate value. We say: The Quick Wins are over. There’s nothing left to trim back. And people can’t work any harder, either – like tired doctors and drained pilots, more pressure doesn’t yield a better result. Yet high-performing organisations successfully complete 89% of their projects, while low …

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We’re quoted in Fieldfisher’s market audit of SIAM

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At A2B Excellence, we see first hand the new complexities generated by splitting out business activities or procuring incrementally. The “internal market”, focusing on profit-centres, “sticking to the knitting” etc. all promise economies of scale or efficiencies, but can lead to inadvertent complexity. Nowhere is it more apparent than in IT, where multi-sourcing models make sense on paper but can gobble up benefits rapidly with any and every false step. Hence, SIAM – the service integration and management model, which professionalises the business of multi-partner procurement. Top corporate lawyers Fieldfisher have recently published a report on the state of SIAM – …

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Efficiency in the NHS – again…

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The efficiency football is going to be kicked around the Health Service, seemingly interminably. On one team are the government, the policy wonks and beancounters, who now have an outright majority in parliament to execute their plan and some new moral ooomph thanks to the promise of an £8bn budgetary injection. On the other side of the pitch are the many stressed doctors and nurses, the creaking facilities (or new ones burdened by crippling PFI or PFI2 repayments) and the looming burden of an ageing population with inexorably growing healthcare needs. This match is why there is a steady trickle of stories in …

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Working in a large business? Frustrated? Watch this!

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We’ve gone video crazy in the A2B office – here’s our second one of the week. A2B Consultant Cari Hewer discovered this piece from long-time US consultancy, Bain & Co. It’s a superb discussion of why inertia seeps into large organisations. Officially, it’s an answer to entrepreneurs and founders who successfully make that miracle transformation from minnow to giant, and then wonder why their astronomical growth starts to tail off, why the flavour of the business has changed, why they spend so much time buried in spreadsheets and yet still have no idea what’s actually going on. And indeed, there …

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