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Structuring a True Global Network

Networks, councils, and teams are not a new idea in business. Too often they are set up with good intentions, but not well-designed, or they are allowed to outlive their purpose. When these horizontal teams are empowered to deliver business results and designed and...

Talent Prediction 2017: The Ability to Navigate Complex Organizations

Organization design is the number one topic on the mind of business and HR executives who responded to Deloitte’s 2016 Global Human Capital report. We are not surprised. Over the past 10 years, we have witnessed a tremendous increase in strategic complexity across the...

The Design Process for Activation

The design and activation of a global operating model is a major undertaking that deserves a well–thought-out process and project infrastructure that is likely to be in place for two or more years. We are often invited to work with an executive team on a new...

The Role of Rewards in Unrewarded Complexity

We work with complex organizations with equally intricate business strategies, but not all complexity results in better returns for shareholders. Simplifying portfolios, processes, and structure seems like a logical way to optimize efficient delivery of strategy....

Kates Kesler named to Forbes Best Management Consulting Firms List

        Kates Kesler has been named to Forbes magazine’s list of Best Management Consulting Firms for 2016 in the Organization sector. The selection of the best management consultancies is based on two surveys; one of 7,286 partners and project...

Center-Led Functions

  We look at functions as “capability builders” – charged with building the processes, systems, and talent that can identify and move knowledge, ideas, and insights into the strategic decision making of the company. Therefore, the thoughtful design of business...

10 Common Derailers in Organization Design

The work of organization design benefits from a thoughtful, inclusive process where leaders can iterate and explore alternatives and align on a path forward. The reality is that tight deadlines, fear of broad involvement, and a too-narrow view of the problem to solve...

Developing Leaders and Organization at the Same Time

The best global leadership systems develop people and the organization simultaneously. No other business process has more impact on shaping culture than company-wide talent development forums. Calibration and development councils can become the control centers for...

The Anchor Layer

Activating global collaboration is difficult and expensive to engineer under the best of circumstances. Unnecessary vertical layering of business units and functions and proliferation of profit centers make it even more difficult. Horizontal connections are more...

Rewarded vs. Unrewarded Complexity in Organizations

Complex organizations are a result of complex business strategies. But not all complexity is equal. Frans van Houten, CEO of Royal Philips, makes a case for distinguishing between what he calls rewarded and unrewarded complexity. Rewarded complexity drives a...

The Role of the Executive Team in an Integrated Company

We work with many large, global organizations as they move toward more integrated operating models. One of the key levers in creating real connections across business units, regions, and functions is the redesign of the executive team. It is perfectly appropriate for...

Bridging Organization Design and Performance Webinar

The economic recovery of 2010-2015 has triggered a number of high-profile mergers, but even more break-ups and spin-offs among large global companies, particularly those based in the US. Between 2012 and 2014 alone, Kraft, Royal Dutch Philips, Hewlett Packard,...

The Challenge of Activation

There are only so many ways to design enterprise structure. The gravitational pull to greater complexity, and all the challenges that come with it, is powered by the need for new sources of growth in diverse geographic markets across multi-product divisions with...

Transformation with Speed: How to accelerate to the future state

We coach our clients to take a thoughtful approach to design work and do believe that time spent up front involving people in shaping the future organization accelerates implementation. However, once a new framework is set and the leader announces the change, then...

Bridging Organization Design and Performance

The economic recovery of 2010-2015 has triggered a number of high-profile mergers, but even more break-ups and spin-offs among large global companies, particularly those based in the US. Between 2012 and 2014 alone, Kraft, Royal Dutch Philips, Hewlett Packard,...

The Relationship of Pay Grades to Organization Design

As  global companies seek the benefits of scale, HR plays an important role in the design of organizations and the grading of jobs. But are the two activities connected? And if so, how? Organization Design and Global Grading are interconnected elements within an...

Organization Change: i4cp Interview with Amy Kates

i4cp (Institute for Corporate Productivity) recently interviewed Amy Kates on organizational change. Download insights from Kates Kesler's experience guiding change in large complex...