Sustaining the performance improvement benefits of organization design

    Part of the job of consultants is to leave an organization in better shape than they found it. This isn’t exactly a ground-breaking statement, but it’s an important jumping off point for discussing how to sustain the performance improvements of optimizing organization design. Recently, there have been a number of instances where we’ve been brought in by a client that had recently conducted a ‘restructuring’, and were now looking for a more evidence-based approach to improving organization design … [Read more...]

    Celebrating 40 years of Optimizing Organization Design

    As Capelle Associates celebrates our 40th anniversary, we wanted to share something we've learned over the years.  Our clients have trusted us to undertake over 100 large scale projects across multiple geographies and industry sectors. Each of these projects came as a result of a unique challenges that the organizations faced, and each resulted in a unique set of opportunities. However, there was one consistent theme across each of the projects, and that was the drive to improve … [Read more...]

    Ron Capelle featured in the People + Strategy journal

    We wanted to share with you a recent article Ron wrote for the People + Strategy journal. The theme of the issue was the role of alignment in transforming organizations. Ron described our five organization design alignment factors that have been shown to lead to improved financial performance, customer satisfaction and employee engagement. This approach is based on over 100 large scale projects and 24 research studies. If you, or any of your colleagues, are interested in improving … [Read more...]

    Ron Capelle providing an HRPA workshop on Optimizing Organization Design

      On Thursday, September 22nd, as part of the HRPA Continuing Professional Development Meeting Series, Ron Capelle will be providing a workshop presentation titled: Optimizing Organization Design: Key Factors and Methods for Success. The workshop aims to help help HR professionals improve their department’s functions, the performance of the organization, as well as increase their personal impact by learning about proper alignment of positions, accountabilities and … [Read more...]

    An alternative to Holacracy management

    One management trend that’s caught my attention recently is the Holacracy management system. Holacracy, as defined on their website, is a “complete system for self-organization” that looks to create a replacement for organizing work. Much has been written on the subject, with viewpoints ranging from it's destroying companies (here, here and here) to it being a corporate saviour in a world where hierarchies are killing innovation and stemming employee motivation (here, here and here). A recent … [Read more...]

    Organizational restructuring: four common pitfalls to avoid

      2015 was a difficult year for Canadians – with the price of oil plummeting organizations were forced to significantly downsize their workforce. All told it was estimated that over 100,000 jobs were lost across the Alberta oil fields. On top of this, some of Canada’s largest companies (Bombardier, TD, Scotiabank) undertook major organizational restructuring initiatives. The terms downsizing or restructuring generally refer to organizations reducing their operating costs through … [Read more...]