So what is an Endoskeleton? In nature, an endoskeleton is a framework of bones and cartilage which protects the internal organs, supports the body, stores vital fluids and allows movement with limbs.
The human skeleton is an endoskeleton which has five main functions;
1. Provides support to the body.
2. Stores minerals and the fats in the bloodstream.
3. Producing blood cells.
4. Protecting internal organs.
5. Allows movement through limbs.
The endoskeleton also makes the body very difficult to damage through its strength and flexibility. Through the bone structure, it also makes it difficult for external threats to cause it serious harm. What is truly wonderful about the human endoskeleton is that it has a very low restraint on muscle development, so the more work that the human puts in, the bigger the muscles become, the quicker and stronger the person becomes. But what is also more wonderful is that it allows the human the freedom of choice about which muscles it wants to grow the most, which gives each body its own uniqueness. Along with all this strength and flexibility comes extra protection from threats and less chance of becoming paralysed.
But even with the best of design skill and knowledge, the human endoskeleton does have some disadvantages.
It cannot grow another limb if one of the limbs is lost. It also cannot shed all of its skin to refresh or perhaps look different and lastly it cannot reduce water loss.
So what does all of this have to do with the endoskeleton of a business?
Well the endoskeleton of any business is the internal organisation structure, sometimes called the organogram. This is what gives every business its strength, protection, flexibility and above all, allows a business to create and reinforce its uniqueness. It allows the business to be structured in a way that best suits the market it plans to build its strength in. It also allows the people of the business to grow and move as much as they desire so that they can add value to the business continuously. It can be designed specifically to meet the vision, culture, goals of the business and also deliver the results and outcomes desired by the creators of the business.
Sadly, in all of my years of working with all types of businesses, in multiples of markets and from just a few people to hundreds, even thousands of people, very few of them had a proactive, well designed structure to meet all the needs of the business.
In almost every business I have been involved in, the structure or organisational chart had become so flexible and weak, it was regularly amended or tweaked to solve a problem and was always totally reactive. This factor along with the people employed, caused most of the challenges for the business and its success.