Jon Katzenbach & Zia Khan on the Right Balance of Formal and Informal Organizations

Jon Katzenback and Zia Khan don’t want you to have fun at work. More specifically, they don’t want you to try to have fun; often that leads to trying too hard, strained attempts at socializing, and not a lot of work getting done. The work day flies by even faster when ideas are flying in meetings, instead of icebreakers. Jon and Zia say, leave the socializing and fun to the informal networks in an organization, and they will come to it naturally.

Jon Katzenbach is a senior partner at Booz & Company and leads their Katzenbach Center, where promising new approaches in leadership, culture and organization performance are developed for client application. His consulting career has been largely focused in these areas, and spans several decades across several different professional books, including Wisdom of Teams, Peak Performance, Why Pride Matters More Than Money and the new Leading Outside the Lines. He received his MBA from Harvard, where he was a Baker Scholar. Jon is a founding partner of Katzenbach Partners.

Zia Khan, co-author of Leading Outside the Lines, is vice president for strategy and evaluation at the Rockefeller Foundation, which supports innovations that help people share globalization’s benefits more equitably and strengthens their resilience to social, economic, health and environmental challenges. Zia also advises leaders on the integration of strategy and organization as a senior fellow of the Katzenbach Center, which he co-founded with Jon Katzenbach, and as an individual consultant. Prior to joining the Rockefeller Foundation, Zia established and led Katzenbach Partners’ San Francisco office and West Coast Practice and pioneered the firm’s work on the informal organization. Zia hold a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:

*Mastering Organizational Politics, Influence and Alliances
*Achieving Leadership Success Through People
*Strategic Agility and Resilience: Embracing Change to Drive Growth

To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:

*Leading with Cultural Intelligence, by David Livermore, Ph.D.
*Building, Leading, and Managing Strategic Alliances, by Fred A. Kuglin & Jeff Hook
*Team-Based Strategic Planning, by C. Davis Fogg

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