May 13, 2009

Reorganization: Why?

"Reorganizing can be a wonderful method for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralization."

Gaius Petronius Arbiter
Roman Courtier

Reorganization that leads to effective organization is valuable whereas reorganization for the sake of putting one's stamp on things is not.

If you've ever worked in a company of any size, you've likely lived through one or more reorganizations.

How much better were things when done?


  1. It seems like the bigger the company, the more their "product" becomes their organization.

  2. You're right Lyle.

    How many times have the recently departed banks and/or the car companies reorg'd, and what do they have to show for it?

  3. I've never heard of a reorganization that wasn't suppose to make things better . . . nor one that did.