Designing successful organisations

Make designing your future fun.

Don’t let the limitations placed on you stop you from succeeding

Tired of spending your time and limited resources without any tangible results? Well, it’s time for you to be designing your organisation for the future because if you don’t who will? You’re only on earth for a short time, so why not make the most of it.

My only relationship goal is to be with people who motivate me to be successful or to become a better person. I look to associate with people who are prepared to help me in designing a better future for my family and the community. We should all be helping each other to grow instead of trying to destroy each other.

It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that in each and every day, there is potential. Potential for you to be designing a more successful organisation and lifestyle. Perhaps the difference between today and outstanding achievement is for you to have the courage to take action. To take a step forward to learn about the many changes that are taking place because without them you will fall behind. Changes needed to help you achieve your aspirations.


Take a bird’s eye view to designing your future organisation as that is where you could be spending the rest of your life.


Don’t be one of those people who lie awake at night worrying because that only leads to poor health. Thinking about the opportunities you should go for but don’t because you  think you’re not  good enough to take it on? There are no limits only plateaus to cross on your journey. You can’t stay there you must keep moving forward. Find people who will introduce you to the many ways you can grow and in designing your organisation.

Start with re-designing your Business Model

You will find, good design of your business model is good business. Good product or service design is not how it looks or feels but how it actually works in the hands of the consumer. To ensure this happens you need to have a Business Model that works well all day every day.

It’s not enough to just build products that function, are understandable and usable if you want to win new customers. You also need to build products that bring fun and enjoyment, excitement, pleasure and good fortune into people’s lives.

Creative people worry that structure, organisation, and processes are constraining them. They take away from the time that could be spent on their pet projects. But without a business model and good processes in place, you lose even more time and opportunities.

You can’t be all things to all people which means your model may need careful consideration. First, understand the basis of your model. Your model will be concerned with one of the following;

  1. The model will be concerned with making something.
  2. Providing or improving a service.
  3. You are involved with creating innovative technology.
  4. Your model is based on building networks and groups.

Can you describe your business model? If people aren’t buying what you’re selling you need to improve your business model. Once you have a model that will work well, you can focus on designing the rest of the functions and parts of the business.

Everyone has strengths and unique value

You will have good days and bad days when you can’t seem to get your creative juices working. Whether you are a beginner or old hand at design, it often takes a catalyst or inspiration to get things moving. A strength can be defined as the ability to consistently provide near-perfect performance. Leveraging your strengths is a key aspect of getting optimal outcomes and building a profitable and sustainable business.

A strength can be defined as the ability to consistently provide near-perfect performance. Leveraging your strengths is a key aspect of getting optimal outcomes and building a profitable and sustainable business.

Unfortunately, far too many people spend many years, if not a lifetime trying to correct their deficiencies. Leveraging your strengths can be your most satisfying and gratifying strategy, with your weaknesses being considerably diminished. Good design should take into account the strengths and unique value your organisation offers to potential customers because, without it, they won’t hang around.

It’s a fact that even a tiny action or choice you make today will have an impact on your eventual achievements. The actions you take getting dressed in the morning to having an early night can have a surprising impact on your strengths and your future.

It can take time to find your real strengths

When I first started out in my own agricultural machinery business, at the ripe old age of 23, I always seemed to win, everything seemed to work for me. It was the loss of a tractor sale in particular that actually changed my mindset about losers to winners. I quickly learned that for us to win someone else had to lose, the pie at that time was not going to get any bigger. So I had to learn how to win and play to our strengths.

Each year I became a little better and we scored a little more. Suddenly we began beating the mediocre competitors, reducing competitors from twelve dealers in our town eventually back to four. What made the difference? By being passionate about our business, managing better by working to our strengths in the service we offered our customers. We made several trips to the United States to find better ideas and better ways to design our business.

Designing your lifestyle should rate highly

Most people have been working for other people all their working life. However, during recent times they have been yearning to start their own business. They start by having day dreams and then decide, enough of the dreams, it’s time for action. If you want to improve your lifestyle, you have to make a start at some time and the sooner the better. Starting any business is a courageous step, the same step the creator’s of the world’s greatest companies large and small have taken at some stage.

The main requirement of a lifestyle business is that it allows you to live how you want to live, while enjoying the independence of running your own business. It’s essential to go through a preliminary personal assessment. It forces you to think about the viability and potential of your lifestyle business idea and how to design the business to suit.

Today, many people yearn to improve their lifestyle. To do this you need to design a new lifestyle business  by adapting your existing business to better suit the lifestyle you are looking for. If, like many others, your background is not in business, the prospect of starting and running any type of business can be daunting. It can be hard to know how to design a business that will go from the start-up stage to a successful, profitable and sustainable business that will suit your lifestyle.

A lifestyle business is a concept

When really understood it can make a real difference to your life and that of your family and community. Even if you have an existing business, creative designing can make a huge difference. All you need to know is that the future is wide open and you are about to create it through good design and by the actions you take. In designing a successful organisation, lifestyle must be a high priority.

You must become flexible and adaptable

Having flexible working conditions is not all about working from home. It’s about you and your employees working from wherever you want or, need to be. Working from home may not be a suitable option for everyone. There are many different ways of working in an enjoyable way which can have considerable benefits in productivity and employee morale.

As people look for more instant gratification. And become more familiar with information technology and communications (ITC), opportunities can be won or lost with the click of a mouse. People who can work from anywhere, at any time and who aren’t tied to their desks, can be physically on the case taking action and much more responsive to customers. Building this flexible working environment will require designing principles to be applied to the way you and your people want to work.

Not only is the ITC strengthening collaboration it is creating a sense of action even when employees aren’t physically in the same place. Making the best use of technology is what makes more action possible. We have come a long way towards allowing this to happen for everyone’s benefit. Things such as video-conferencing, mobile internet and easy access to the computers at work are now commonplace.

When running a business neither you nor your employees need to feel trapped in a dull, cramped office with a daily commute. You can design a new flexible working environment that can inspire everyone and improve productivity and the bottom line.

Agility refers to distinct qualities that allow organisations to respond rapidly to changes in the internal and external environment and making changes without losing momentum or vision. Designing productive and cost-effective ways of making the organisation agile is critical. Maintaining the status quo is rarely a good strategy.

Whatever you do will require data, information and knowledge

Until 1900 human knowledge doubled approximately every century. By the end of World War II, knowledge was doubling every 25 years. Today things are not as simple as different types of knowledge have different rates of growth. For example, nanotechnology knowledge is doubling every two years and clinical knowledge every 18 months. But on average human knowledge is doubling every 13 months.  According to IBM, the build out of  the “internet of things” will lead to the doubling of knowledge every 12 hours.

As businesses, non-profits, communities, government departments and other organisations accumulate information at an accelerating rate, they face growing costs. There are also inefficiencies that threaten their ability to function. The answer lies not just in new ways of applying information technology and services, but also in changes in individual and organisational behaviour.

You will need to become involved with big data

You could liken big data to a large river in flood, flowing right past your organisation. In that river is all the information and knowledge you need to be designing your business or organisation. However, there will be some issues you need to address:

  • What will you use to capture the information and knowledge you need as it flows past your business, because if you miss it you may never see it again ?
  • Applying your ability to recognise the right information and knowledge at the right time will be a challenge because there is so much new data available.
  • How will you sort and manage the increasing flow of data because ‘floods’ are difficult to control?
  • You don’t need much, so let the rest keep flowing down the river.

Take time to assess what information and knowledge you need across the entire organisation. It’s not much good just focusing on one area that you like. Put all the information and knowledge you gather into a knowledge base and make it available across the business. There are now many information technology applications that can do this for you.


You can let important rivers of data flow by, or do something about it.


Don’t let the size or numbers frighten you

In a recent lecture at Harvard University neuroscientist Jeff Lichtman, who is attempting to map the human brain, calculated that several billion petabytes of data storage would be needed to index the entire human brain. The Internet is currently estimated to be 5 million terabytes (TB) of which Google has indexed roughly 200 TB or just .004% of its total size.

The numbers involved are astounding, especially when considering the size of the human brain and the number of neurones in it. So when it comes to designing your organisations you have plenty of brain power, you just have to use it better. Making good use of the data flowing past is critical, simply because your competitors will be doing it.

Your competitive advantage could well be tied up in how you utilise big data. Whatever you do will require data, information and knowledge because these three things lead to wisdom, an important design input.

Know your entrepreneurial attributes

It is very rare to face a real fork in the road and know with 100% certainty, one way is the right way and the other is the wrong way. The key drivers of businesses, not-for-profit organisations, communities and projects are the attributes of entrepreneurship. Visioning, joining up the dots, problem-solving and action orientation. It is the businesses and organisations that are driving and designing your communities and the lifestyle you treasure. This is something a lot of people still do not understand or accept.

In an unstable, disruptive and constantly changing environment, innovative entrepreneurship helps you to think differently and act differently. In the end, they make a difference by finding new solutions to the problems being faced in the ever changing world. Entrepreneurship is a must for SMEs and not-for-profits,

You may have heard that business is easy. But you find yourself wasting enormous amounts of time and not making much money or much progress towards achieving your aspirations. For some, months, even years pass and they’re still trying to get their business to work well. This is when you need entrepreneurship to make the connections and join up the dots.

Designing successful organisations will require many entrepreneurial characteristics or attributes which you can refer to here, You will find that entrepreneurs find extraordinary things in places other people never think to look.

Health and well-being should be a priority

Technologies that can maintain or restore health are evolving exponentially as the old 50’s have become the new 40’s. Yet you accept health services that were designed for the 1950’s. You  don’t accept good health and good health services as an economic gain when you are designing your organisations.

You  know that you  need to move toward creating a value-based health care system in your organisations. And you  know you need to generate health data that is vital to future profits and sustainability. However, you need to move quickly to avoid the significant business risks associated with poor health.

Your challenges in healthcare today are less technical and more process-oriented. The technology is available to deliver necessary data. Tools to provide data visualisation and analytics to utilise that data within current work practices. Lacking is action in adoption and utilisation. This is often attributed to questions surrounding the buy-in or scepticism regarding digital health by your medical professionals.

Plan for innovation on purpose

Innovation has become a catchphrase in business today. This is because new-product sales advantages so often flow from new designs or features. Think about mobile phones, tablets, robotics, advanced manufacturing and 3D printing, are things to move your thoughts running in the right direction. Product or service improvements are important but, innovation for a competitive advantage is critical for improving profitable growth and sustainability.

Around the world, industry leaders are working to ensure their innovation processes stay healthy by utilising the new technologies.  Not just basic research and development, but bold new leading-edge products and services. Everyone seems to be hell-bent on innovation.

Events in the global economy are quickly changing the market dynamics. Innovators and risk takers are hell-bent on designing better organisations that can cope with the exponential changes. Now is the time for to step up to the plate and increase your commitment to designing a new innovative organisation to keep up and stay healthy.

Innovation and technology go hand in hand to give you the ability to change the basic framework of how you work, communicate, learn and create new opportunities.  The organisations that make the investment in innovation and design are going to be those that prosper in the coming years.

Don’t leave innovation to chance as it will probably never happen,  There is a reason for everything. Just be patient and look out for the ideas and opportunities. Innovation is not limited to the innovation of products but also includes innovation of the very way your organisation engages in business.

Show leadership in your field

Innovation and designing are always subject to mistakes and failures. This is where leadership is required, to keep on keeping on and learning from the mistakes. There are so many failures in business today because there is a sameness across the competition. Use your leaderships skills to innovate and stand out from the crowd.



Remove the blockages and turn on the tap


There is no doubt that leadership is still evolving. Every day, you learn more about how to inspire those you lead, and what to expect from those you follow. Specifically, you’re learning which skills and traits today’s best leaders consistently demonstrate. Which skills you must learn, and for many, learning which traits you must unlearn.

Virtual reality

You are evolving from the traditional office to the mobile office,  to the home office, to the virtual office. While the benefits are great these changes all generate stress and pressure as you make them happen. The virtual business is a new way of looking at how you operate as a business. Virtual  can be defined as  “capable of doing things, but you can’t see it” or,  “it’s present, you can feel it, but you can’t touch it”. This makes designing them much more critical.

The characteristics of a virtual business are significantly different from those you find in old-fashioned, hierarchical structures associated with small business.

Some of the characteristics of a virtual business include

  • Having a shared vision and common spirit of cooperation so everyone heads in the same direction.
  • They share similar philosophy/values in a common culture so conflict is reduced
  • Outsourcing is common, indeed essential because you can no longer be on top of everything.
  • They cluster their activities around their core skills and resources to gain efficiencies and competitive advantages.
  • Virtual teams are a feature to implement their projects. Team members can be anywhere in the world.
  • They provide greater access to new technologies and resources because they share information and resources.
  • Information technology is utilised to freely distribute data, information and knowledge.
  • They are more responsive to the environment and market conditions hence they are able to improve lifestyles.
  • Virtual businesses can move to where the best opportunities are because of their flexibility.
  • They are able to build more flexible workplaces so they can attract the best employees.

Virtual businesses can make a difference to small business success because the skills and insights from various businesses are better utilised.  This then sparks new ideas, innovation and business opportunities for the future.  It also allows members of a virtual group to benefit by operating as if they had greater size, without sacrificing their autonomy or flexibility.

Getting starting on designing your organisation for the future

Shake off what didn’t work out in the past and shake off what somebody said you can’t do, they don’t determine your destiny. When you’re tempted to be offended, remember, you can’t control others but you can control how you respond. The only thing you can control is your own attitude. Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it.

Sometimes you have to lose something to gain something better because you can’t do everything. A door may have to shut before a new door can open. When your dreams and goals start to frustrate you, that’s a sign that that something has to change. The sooner you make those changes the better. If you’re having difficulty breaking the ‘log jam’seek some practical help to get you on your way. Don’t be discouraged by opposition, or competition, be encouraged by it.

The sooner you make those changes the better. If you’re having difficulty breaking the ‘log jam’seek some practical help to get you on your way. Don’t be discouraged by opposition, or competition, be encouraged by it.


Start building your bridge to a brighter future.


On the other side of your comfort zone is a whole new world. A whole new way of designing your future. You don’t have time to waste with people who pull you down or cause you to compromise. Your destiny is calling.

Quotable quotes

“The goal of a designer is to listen, observe, understand, sympathise, empathise, synthesise, and glean insights that enable him or her to make the invisible visible”. Hillman Curtis

“Design is a formal response to a strategic request”.  Mariona Lopez

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