Fixing the Navigational Hairball

You’re not really a leader until you’ve figured out your business model, core competency, competitive advantage…

You’re a leader at a company, so you have a vision and a strategy. Maybe your company has a mission, or maybe you call that a purpose or a north star. And did you read the latest management book? You’re not really a leader until you’ve figured out your business model, core competency, competitive advantage, etc.

Does this look familiar? Seriously, how many of the items in this hairball is your organization juggling today? Do you feel like what’s supposed to be guiding your organization toward the future is actually causing confusion and mixed messages? As a leader, your job is to create clarity and focus for your teams. But what’s the best way to do that? 

Let’s give this domain a name: navigation. Clients come to us with navigational challenges every day. We’ve peered inside the navigational hairballs of organizations big and small, public and private, start-up and mature, for-profit and non-profit, global and local. And because we’re XPLANE, we seek to deeply understand how each organization works by diagramming it out. Well, it’s time to share what we’ve learned. 

Over the course of the next few months, we here at XPLANE will be publishing a series on how organizations navigate. We’ll be exploring the answers to these questions, sharing our research, and providing practical tips and tools for fixing your organization’s navigational hairball. 

Here’s a preview of our findings:

  1. Navigational clutter is epidemic in most organizations
  2. As organizations try to fix the clutter, argument over labels and definitions is strangling clarity and stifling organizational progress
  3. How organizations navigate is changing as new organizational life forms emerge 
  4. There’s no single “right way,” but for each organizational type, there are clear best practices

We look forward to sharing what we’ve learned and hearing how it applies in your organization. 

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November 23, 2016
Stephanie Gioia