Building Smarter Organizations

October 30, 2017
Book cover of Building Smarter Organizations


In Building Smarter Organizations, author Vala-Webb explains the problem with "zombie organizations" and shows how to lead yours back to life.



Building Smarter Organizations: How to Lead Your Zombie Organization Back to Life

Drawing on experience from unionized workplaces, technology, management, start-ups and government, Vala-Webb notes that the structure and philosophy of many organizations today do not match the reality of the world. Why do organizations tend to believe that the world is stable (and act accordingly) when we know that the world is highly volatile and uncertain? In a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, chaotic and ambiguous) world, organizations need to do better or else they risk becoming zombies.

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Vala-Webb starts out by explaining what the problems are with zombie organizations — they aren’t responsive, they aren’t nimble, they can’t predict what’s coming — they just amble along in a slow straight line with one solitary focus, regardless of the changing environment. Then, Vala-Webb presents the good stuff: how to lead your organization back to life. It won’t be easy, but the rewards will be worth it. Your organization will be able to make decisions faster, your culture will progress, teams and leaders will be effective and finances will improve. Vala-Webb’s book comes with some useful checklists and assessments to get you started, so pick up this book and start reading — unless you too have become a zombie.

Do you want to know if you’re working in a zombie organization? Take the “Z” score test to see how you measure up. 

Gordon Vala-Webb shared one of the assessments from his book with us—don’t be scared, download the test to find out if the zombie virus is loose in your workplace: “Z” score: Is your organization a zombie?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lisa Sansom
Lisa Sansom, an accomplished Trainer and Certified Coach, offers professional services,from a basis of applied positive psychology, in leadership, interpersonal communications, change management, team dynamics and other areas of organizational effectiveness. www.lvsconsulting.com. Lisa is an Organizational Development Consultant and her coaching expertise focuses on developing areas of leadership, interpersonal communications, team dynamics and change management.

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