Change is hard. If you’ve ever tried to change an aspect of your company, you’ll be familiar with the questions that inevitably arise from such an effort: Why is it so hard to get anything done here? What’s the best way to collaborate with my peers? Why is my organization afraid to take risks?
At Fortune’s Brainstorm Design conference in Singapore earlier this month, Maria Giudice, design leader and co-author of Rise of the DEO: Leadership by Design , spoke about the difficult life of a corporate change-maker. In her previous role at Autodesk , Giudice was tasked with shifting her company from being tech-centric to human-centric. She had no idea how hard it would be.
At Brainstorm Design, Giudice offered attendees six lessons from that period: 1. Silos are sometimes necessary in big companies, but they create fiefdoms. When a company is set up so that different departments are in competition with each other, it’s bad for business. Build a coalition of like-minded people within the company and make change happen together. There [ More]