How to Rise to the Top of the Organogram

The rumour is restructure.  It’s inevitable, really.  Restructure follows the appointment of a new director as surely as a workers’ pay freeze follows the announcement of a CEO’s bonus.  As I say: inevitable.  Otherwise, what else would directors do all day?  Most modern company directors have no tangible day-to-day function other than to plan restructuring.  It matters not a jot whether restructuring is necessary; whether their plans ultimately result in a better structure or a worse structure; all that is important is the superficial appearance of strategy-level activity in order to justify a top salary.  Restructuring: it’s what directors do.

I recall the exasperated reply of a manager at my company to one of his workers, who had accused him of laziness: “I do some work, you know.  It’s not as though I’m a director.”  Not yet perhaps, but he clearly had the right kind of attitude, which would identify him for fast-track promotion.

Of course, for some, restructuring is not a cause for anxiety, but a career opportunity.  As many people will rise within the organisation during a restructure as will fall.  There is a gilt-edged opportunity for the organogram of the company to be substantially rewritten.

Here’s one sure-fire way to guarantee that you find yourself at the summit of your own company’s organisation chart during the next restructure, rather than forever languishing somewhere near the bottom.

rotating-organogram

Turn the chart upside-down.

© Simon Turner-Tree

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Simon Turner-Tree thinks he could get used to being CEO.

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