By Jon Saints - 18 Apr 2021
Companies often represent their organization structure in a hierarchical org chart. These charts start at the top with the President/CEO. From there, they sprawl down and out through the ranks to those doers and newbies at the “bottom” of the org. Charts like this look like a squid.
I am not a fan of drawing things this way.
An alternative to the hierarchical org chart is the org tree. The org tree flips the org chart upside down. It starts with the President/CEO at the bottom, like the trunk of a tree. From there branches are formed which support smaller and smaller branches. Finally, the leaves represent those at the “top” - the experienced doers and up-and-coming newbies of the organization.
The tree view tells a powerful organizational story which I like much more:
Which organization would you want to be a part of? Which leader’s vision would you want to follow?