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Five Characteristics that Successful Organisations Share

The world of work has changed. The traditional model of the organisation has been left behind. At Q5, we’ve been looking at how organisations can change to become more adaptable, responsive and better equipped for this world – becoming a 'connective organisation'.

Through our latest global research project, we’ve identified five characteristics that successful organisations share:

  1. Shared Purpose: All activities and people are directed by and find meaning in a purpose that goes beyond financial performance to create a positive impact on the world and purposeful advantage for the organisation.
  2. Open Ecosystems: The organisation is a seamless network of highly autonomous, interdependent units that increasingly includes customers, suppliers, communities and a flexible workforce. It challenges traditional notions of hierarchy and the idea that the organisation is a self-contained entity.
  3. Proactive Adaptability: The organisation seeks, anticipates and welcomes change, embracing a state of ongoing flux as the ‘new normal’. As the pace of 21st Century change accelerates, the organisation employs ways of working that proactively anticipate potential adjustments, ensuring its flexibility and nimbleness to adapt at pace.
  4. Real Empowerment: The organisation carefully manages authority, decision-making and autonomy to bring the best out of each member, fostering a spirit of entrepreneurship.
  5. Connective Leadership: Leaders act as catalysts and conductors, facilitating connections and creating a diverse environment where people can be inspired and authentic, and where change and people can flourish.

We're working with businesses and institutions around the world in order to test and inform our research into what makes such an organisation. Each has undergone an ‘Organomyx Assessment’, enabling us to take a ‘pulse’ on where employees believe their organisation sits against these five areas.

If you’re interested in learning how your organisation stacks up, please contact Claire Hamlin.

The full findings of our research will be published this spring and we'll be hosting a number of events to help organisations adopt the recommendations. Claire would love to hear from you, if you’d like to join us.