In this context, I am not talking about building physical structures spanning across roads or rivers. This is all about making sure your employees and teams, arguably the most valuable assets your business has to drive value and success, are connecting and communicating in meaningful and impactful ways. 

Early in the life of a business, communicating is reasonably easy. When the company is small, everyone does a little bit of everything and understands what everyone else is doing. But as the company grows, new office locations spring up, products and services are added, the size of the target market increases and so does the list of suppliers and customers. Pretty soon, the structure of the organization, its processes and the technologies it depends on become more complex. And complexity can easily stifle performance and growth.

Complexity takes many forms. One of the elements it almost always impacts is people's ability to communicate, let alone efficiently. Growth and complexity often result in communication gaps appearing between regions and cultures, between business and technology functions, between levels of management and across management organizations, and between and across projects and project teams.

Business transformation is necessary to support growth, improve efficiencies or meet changing market conditions. It can be a catalyst for growth or a necessary consequence of it. One thing is certain: successful transformations don’t just happen. They are carefully planned and well managed.

Axellium specializes in aligning strategy with day-to-day activities, optimizing processes and employee engagement, and implementing successful projects. But we also pride ourselves on providing our clients with a little more: helping them build the bridges they need, across their enterprise, to enable lasting success after our engagement ends.

This is the first of a four-part mini-series that will discuss the importance of building bridges across the enterprise, be it across and between cultures, organizations or projects.

What bridges do you feel your organization could build to help boost its performance?