NAVIGATORs are employees, colleagues, who independently of their function and hierarchy are able to successfully move in open, increasingly fluid organizations. They combine the head-heart-hand competencies, identify opportunities, often at internal and/or external interfaces of an organization, identify and mobilize (human) resources and steer projects to completion and success. I’m looking for examples in any kind of organization, whether they are coined “a navigator” or simply act in this sense. Would love to hear from the Rebels community!
These days, there seems to be a massive interest in less hierarchical, more liberated approaches to work. “Agile,” sociocracy, Holacracy, “teal,” self-management, and other management techniques are now of great interest to a growing number of companies around the world.
People in commercial companies used to think of those working in charities as well-meaning hippies. And those in not for profits viewed their private sector brethren as individualistic, sales-driven sociopaths who struggle to see beyond their bonuses.
Recently, a CEO told us something along the lines of this: "I am trying to set a bit of a frame for a remuneration conversation—for myself and other leaders. One way of talking about it is the ‘appropriate´ ratio of lowest to highest paid, from the front lines to CEO. I also recall you saying that if you ask employees what they think, the usual response is in the order of 6 to 8 times. Is my memory accurate? Are you aware of any empirical basis for this? Or have I made it up?!"