This is a prime example of how alignment between teams can take shape immediately. In order to create alignment in the long run, however, they decided to establish 6-month plans in which they share the goal for that period. How will we reach that goal? What happens when we don’t reach it? These questions are central and are specified for every department within the organization. In doing so, the organizational goals are aligned and shaped to the character of all functions within the organization.
“Try end experiement: This is what Semco Style is all about.”
In addition, they introduced ‘balanced days’ where, once every two months, everyone could share the projects they’ve been working on. These company-wide days gave an even better insight into other projects, and the ones who worked on a certain project had the opportunity to ask for help or step down and look for other projects. In other words, the process of each employee becoming their own manager started to take shape.
At present, Ivy Global continues the process of breaking down the pyramid, but does consider itself quite self-managed now. “We still aim to be self-directed”, says Jorn, but they fully embrace the process now in a responsible way. “We know the long-term vision needs to be improved. We want to be responsible for the long-term, but we have to envision that long-term in more concrete ways.”
Their next experiment will be focused on giving continuous feedback. Not just Erik and Jorn, but every Ivy Global employee. It will help them in creating high-performing employees due to a great sense of team awareness. Besides that, they will be aware of their own strengths and weaknesses, and how to improve them. With such bottom-up approaches, they aim to learn more about themselves and how to remain entrepreneurial. Jorn captures this learning process perfectly: “That is what Semco is all about; you know where you want to go, but you have no clue how to get there, so you just try and experiment”.
Many thanks to Erik and Jorn for sharing their entrepreneurial experiences within Ivy Global. Let’s learn from their experiences and absorb all the wisdom they shared in their journey towards becoming a Semco Style organization!
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