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October 18, 2022

Regarding your secret reorg

I got a slack message this morning that read:

"Have you heard anything about a possible reorg?"

Unsure about how to respond I simply typed:

"I have..."

Few words whispered in the office halls instill more anxiety that “reorg”.

Are you planning a reorg? If so let me share some thoughts from somebody who’s been on both sides of a reorg: planning it and being subjected to it.


First of all no matter how careful you want to be, word’s gonna get out. And it is going to happen much earlier than you can expect.

People will know something is coming. They will come up with their own versions of the reorg and share those with others. If you don’t get ahead of rumors they will kill confidence and moral of your team. And they will it make the reorg that much harder.

We suffer more often in imagination than in reality


The longer you take from planning to execution the more likely it is for rumors to start. Leaders drag reorg planning for too long.

Here’s what you should do to avoid leaks:

I’ve seen secret reorgs planned for over 2 years!

Nothing kills morale like runaway rumors.

Get ahead of it and execute a roll out plan now.

October 18, 2022 · #work life


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