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How To Eliminate Organizational Debt

The debt that’s crippling your company isn’t on your balance sheet. Here’s what to do about it.

Aaron Dignan
Jun 30, 2016 · 6 min read

Organizational Debt: The interest companies pay when their structure and policies stay fixed and/or accumulate as the world changes.

Obsolescence-based debt occurs when structures or policies become unfit amidst new market conditions.

Accumulation-based debt occurs when structures or policies are repeatedly added but never removed.

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1. Launch a bounty program.

2. Practice continuous participatory governance.

3. Don’t rush to a policy and process for everything.



The Ready

Lessons from our quest to change how the world works.

Aaron Dignan

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Founder @theready, investor, friend to misfit toys. Author of upcoming book on self-organization and transformation: http://theready.com/book

The Ready

The Ready

Lessons from our quest to change how the world works. Topics include org design, self-organization, and dynamic teaming.

Aaron Dignan

Written by

Founder @theready, investor, friend to misfit toys. Author of upcoming book on self-organization and transformation: http://theready.com/book

The Ready

The Ready

Lessons from our quest to change how the world works. Topics include org design, self-organization, and dynamic teaming.

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