Bain & Company gave advice for retaining and scaling effective systems adopted during lockdowns and prevent reverting to pre-crisis patterns

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The Power-Up Sequence: Addressing the Organizational Costs of Covid-19 Lockdown

Continuous Implementation of Effective Systems – Bain & Company gave advice for retaining and scaling effective systems adopted during lockdowns and prevent reverting to pre-crisis patterns

Summary:

Bain & Company recommended actions to help companies sustain productive changes made during lockdowns and avoid reverting back to old bureaucratic systems. Some recommendations include:
  • Keep Innovative Structures – Retain and align team on structures that promote faster innovation, such as bottom-up experimentation enabled by local and smaller teams, and reduction of bureaucratic systems that slowed down progress
  • Enhance Coordination – Task global teams to ease coordination in organization such as on reallocation of resources for experimentation, ending failed experiments, and seeing if multiple experiments can be combined and scaled into a single big idea
  • Check With Others – Keep small team structure but check if there needs more buy-in for new changes from other members that were not included in the group, and if they have expertise or insight that would be valuable
  • Support New Social Contracts – Including balancing individual needs for solitude and teamwork, between teams’ focus on external outcomes and internal ways of working, and enable “technology model” where lean global centers have business building role and local operations meet local customer needs
For more information, visit https://www.bain.com/insights/power-up-sequence-addressing-organizational-costs-covid-19-lockdown-fm-blog/
Company: Bain & Company
Categories: Business operations, Strategy

Original publication date: May 11, 2020

Date last updated: June 10, 2020