Do you remember when we used to de-frag our hard drives? Those were the days. All we had to do was push a button and all the disconnected bits would find each other and come together. Gaps filled and errors fixed themselves. After de-fragging, our computers work better, faster, and did not suffer from spastic glitches. We would go about our work until it was time to de-frag again.
If only we could push a button and do the same for our organizations!
We need to de-frag our workplaces but it takes more than a single action. Think of all the things that get fragmented:
- Communication streams.
- Work processes.
- Understandings of upstream and downstream expectations, successes, shortcomings, and problems.
- Visions, goals, priorities.
- Even individuals can feel like they have become fragmented.
De-fragging the organization is a weekly managerial practice. Every conversation, meeting, performance conversation, and planning session can have a de-fragging element to it. That is, of course, if we make it so (hat tip to Captain Jean Luc Picard).
I use a Mac now, so I don’t evenknow if PC users still de-frag. Perhaps my younger readers don’t even know what I am talking about! It used to be that de-fragging the computer was akin to taking your computer for a spa day.
Our organizations need to be put back together regularly. Our intertwined processes and interdependent relationships need to flow to progress. Flow, flow, flow, with no dams or barriers or mudslides. De-frag today and every day. Ask your team what needs to be de-fragged about how you are working.