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...]

    Ron Capelle delivers the keynote at the Organization Design World Conference

    Ron Capelle recently delivered the keynote address at the 5th Biennial Organization Design World Conference. In his keynote address, Ron discusses Optimizing Organization Design. This approach is based on over 100 large scale projects and 24 research studies that have been completed over the past 25 years. They show that this approach leads to better employee satisfaction, client satisfaction and employee performance. Ron presents some of the key features of this approach, including … [Read more...]

    Building the foundation for millennial engagement

    What do millennials want? As millennials look to assume over 50% of the global workforce by 2020 (PwC, 2011), you can safely assume that this question is top of mind for most business leaders. Perform a quick google search and you’ll find over 16 million, often conflicting, answers. Many reports will say that millennials are fundamentally different than the previous boomer and gen x employees – they are light on loyalty, place extreme value on work / life balance, and prefer communicating … [Read more...]