Chaos, Teamwork and Structure – Issues of Alignment

Let me illustrate my thinking on issues of corporate performance, innovation, teamwork and the basic issue of alignment, since I think that some people get this wrong.

Let me take a really simple approach using some stuff out of the attic:

chaos done with LEGO

This is simply chaos.

Then there is the issue of teamwork, getting people going in the same direction and in alignment to collaborate and push forward together:

A LEGO representation of My Team

A good framework for teamwork and collaboration

And then there is the rigid alignment that some people think is positive, with people in lockstep and overly aligned:

Too much rigidity in alignment has negative impacts.

Too much rigidity in alignment has negative impacts.

If there is too much rigidity and structure in the system, people will spend more time keeping people in line and maintaining control and the innovative and collective collaboration of the group will suffer. Keeping a balance between alignment and chaos is where we are likely to find the highest levels of motivation and engagement and the sharing of ideas. Control will limit intellectual collectivity; some level of chaos will help generate innovation.

Since I got that old box of LEGO® out of the attic, I might as well start messing around and creating some stuff.

You can see some of my colleague Hakan Forss’ work at


(This is a little bit longer than my normal post in this blog but since I am using toys, I thought it might fit nicely in here.)


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Dr. Scott Simmerman, Surprised

Dr. Scott Simmerman is a designer of team building games and organization improvement tools. Managing Partner of Performance Management Company since 1984, he is an experienced presenter and consultant.

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