The organization around you is one of the most important factors that influence how your idea evolves. Here are some common organizational environments and how ideas may flow in them.
- Startups – Founders and early employees wear many hats.
- Midsize companies – Lean and agile functional groups can collect around ideas, but may lack some business processes to effectively manage resources.
- Large companies – Cross-matrix organization of functional contributors that can work ‘like clockwork’ to crank out ideas. Structure is less flexible to new ideas, but can turn old ideas into cash cows.
- ‘Skunk work’ companies – called out separately because the profit and loss statement is in the hands of project managers. Like cross-matrix environments, there are functional contributors, but the cohesive factor is around a new business idea, not an existing business.