I love this cartoon from Bonkers World about different organisation structures:
I work in a large organisation that looks much more like a couple of these charts than others, and there are days when I’m not sure what it really looks like.
When people unfamiliar with the organisation ask how they get things done I regularly tell them that the informal organisation structure is much stronger than the formal one. So perhaps the diagram doesn’t matter too much anyway.
The connected world we now live in makes a whole set of new organisational shapes possible and great many of them will be successful.
At the end of the day it’s the people that matter though.
Hat tip to Seth Godin.