Cell Cell Cell
Very few organisations are likely to survive if they stick to a top down command and control business model. Today we need distributed leadership with tools to support real-time situational awareness.
One only has to observe wars taking place around the world. Resource-rich armies are being out manoeuvred by resource-weak (in relative terms) terrorists.
The cellular nature of terrorism allows terrorists to make decisions ‘in the field’ without having to get sign off ‘up the chain’. So they can thus capitalise on the present conditions.
Response times tend to be faster with a cell based model. Terrorists can redesign landmines every couple of days independently of other cells. The military becomes overwhelmed by the myriad of pattern-free landmine scenarios it faces. For each scenario it may take a week to conduct the analysis, design a counter measure and then inform personnel. You can see who is most likely to prevail.
Cell based organisations will give you competitive advantage today. Tomorrow they will be an entry condition, whether the arena is war or business.