Why Should I Be Thinking About Organization Development and Organizational Change?

startup-photosCome on, Steve! I’ve just gotten this business funded and running and you want me to worry about Organization Development and Organizational Change! You’ve got to be kidding!

The suggestion seems premature and excessive. It’s not. As the organization forms and grows, even as a start-up, it goes through an enormous amount of change. An organization is a large system with many moving parts. Shifting or wiggling one of those parts moves and affects all of them. Decisions are being made regarding processes, tools, organization structure, systems, skill development, symbols, and style whether they are conscious, in-context, aligned with the organization’s strategy, or not.

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From an Office of Chaos to an Office of Organization

apple-desk-designer-displayLife is crazy and it is easy to let chaos turn that part of your brain which keeps everything in order off. In an instant your office can go from being a pristine example of immaculate tidiness to a disaster zone of uncontrolled disarray. Some claim that they work better with a mess and that they have their own “system” beneath the piles of paper and tools, but to other people clutter is simply just clutter. The truth of the matter is people tend to feel more productive when they have a sense organization. According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Professional Organizers, 91% of the response group thought that they could be more productive at work if they felt organized. But what impact does disorganization have on a work? 50% of a worker’s time—estimated by one of the “Big Four” auditing firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers—is spent looking for misplaced materials due to disorganization. These statistics show that organization does matter! When you take the time to sort through the disorder it not only cleans up your office but it also organizes your mind allowing you to think clearly. So it is obvious, organization leads to less wasted time which in turn can increase productivity. But the question many people struggle with remains: How do I get organized? Where should I start? Continue reading

The Startup Christmas List

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It’s that time of year again. All of your family and friends keep asking you what you want for Christmas, and you don’t have a clue as to what you want. You haven’t even figured out what you’ll be getting them. Well, that’s what this list is for. Featured below are some very impressive products from a variety of startups. First, you will see a few tech startups with products that would make great gifts (Who doesn’t like cool tech?). Then, we featured a few local Detroit startups that are making both great products and a difference in the community.

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The New Detroit

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If you were to ask someone from out of state, what words they would use to describe the City of Detroit, you would most likely hear answers such as: corrupt, bankrupt, impoverished, and dangerous. We are all aware that Detroit has seen better days. What once was considered the “Paris of the West” and “The City of Tomorrow,” Detroit has become a shell of its former self. Detroit used to be a model American city, where innovators like Henry Ford and the Dodge Brothers helped to establish a strong economy that employed hundreds of thousands of people. That Detroit has become a distant memory.

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Building a Strong Company Culture

Recently, there has been a lot of focus on building a strong company culture. What does that mean, though? Simply put, it is the personality of your company through the sharing of common values and attitudes. “How does this help my company?” you might ask. Fostering a strong company culture can benefit your company in a number of ways:

  1. Worker productivity
  2. Retention of employees
  3. Company reputation
  4. Quality products and services

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