When we run a BBM Diagnostic for an organisation, the first Phase is concerned with Structure.
This can bemuse people. “Structure?” one CEO said. “We thought that the ‘jazz-leadership’ approach would kick off with something more creative…isn’t an investigation of our systems and processes a bit…dull!”
If you’re into jazz-leadership you know that structure isn’t dull at all…it’s exciting, it’s essential, it’s sexy!
Get the structure wrong – and creativity, wellbeing, your purpose, peak performance, and all that good stuff will never get a look in.
It will eliminate all the reasons that make you – and your employees – want to show up.
A good structure supports all the good stuff
To improvise effectively (improvise = ‘not seen ahead of time’) you have to have a clear structure to work within.
Otherwise your attention is diverted, uncertain, on the wrong questions.
And improvisation (i.e. change management, communication, creativity etc) collapses.
You need structures that support freedom
Whether you’re a solopreneur or you lead a multi-national, you’ll not get the best from yourself or others if your structures aren’t supportive.
You organisation’s structure has turned into a greedy, potential-devouring beast
When it sucks up time,
Insists on constant attention,
Is unclear and cumbersome,
And stresses you out instead of supporting you.
Structure must be the servant, not the master of activity
That’s why the first Phase of the BBM Diagnostic is about setting up supportive structures.
It’s the starting point for everything else.
And that’s very jazz!
“Jazz is a very structured thing”