The Team is the
New Unit of Work

Organize for impact.

Today’s businesses are largely organized by function. But, imagine an organization designed from the ground up to win.

You could draw a direct line from daily work to company impact. Teams empowered  to accomplish missions, decentralized problem-solving, and improved communications flow results in increased efficiency, new opportunities, and sustained growth.

Organize by a pyramid of missions.

The Team

Teams are the foundational units. Working “agile”, each team periodically lifts up its collective heads, takes in new information, checks-in with stakeholders, and continuously improves its work. They balance execution and exploration to reduce uncertainty and increase efficiency. They regularly report progress toward achieving its mission.

The Mission

Each team has an ambitious goal that directly contributes to the organization’s success.

Leaders and teams collaboratively create the mission. Teams are provided resources required to succeed. They are held accountable to outcomes, not tasks.


The mission includes:

  • Desired outcome
  • Context that bounds work
  • Impact of success
  • Guardrails that bound behavior
  • Accountability metrics
  • Cadence of reporting progress

The team owns the game plan.

    Team of Teams

    The Teams’ work rolls up to higher level, which integrates and aggregates to large context. This next layer has its own mission(s). There may be multiple more layers of hierarchy rolled up to organizations strategic priorities.

    For example:

    • Multiple platform components aggregated to final product experience
    • Multiple products aggregated to whole needs of customer segments
    • Multiple market segments aggregated to market share

    Insights shared

    Obstacles encountered

    Resources reallocated based on needs

    New Communications Flow

    Since work is no longer driven top down, but determined based information “on the ground”, the responsibility for sharing is bottom up. Knowledge must be shared up and out, while new priorities and alignment flows back down and in.

    Light shone on wins

    Priorities changed based on new information

    Layers of teams aligned to company priorities

    Are you building a cascading missions-based organization?

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