A platypus is a unique animal that has evolved over a long period of time – It is a mammal, but lays eggs. It is duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed, and venomous. It has evolved and does many different things but no one thing really well and there is no denying — it is a bit odd.
Organizations often resemble a playtpus — a unique organization design that evolved over time from one-off decisions regarding individuals, teams or departments. These one-off decisions address a specific situation or part of the organization, but ultimately sub-optimize the whole organization. These platypus organization designs worked well in a particular environment, but when the business environment changes, they become a liability.
Organizations that face the platypus problem are often:
- Slow – difficult in keeping up with the pace of change in the market – competition, technology, and changing customer requirements
- Siloed – difficult to align people, priorities and processes to the changing needs of the business
- Stagnating – companies that are not growing or changing and holding onto the past will be left behind – your competition are constantly looking for new and better ways.
- Stifled – not able to effectively address changing business and market needs
We developed CATALYST5 to address the platypus problem and help mid-size organizations meet the business challenges you face. Learn more.