(Episode 459; 15 minutes 23) A colleague of Steven Spear asked him if there are four basic laws to organisational efficiency, in the same way that there are three (some say four) basic laws of thermodynamics. Thermodynamics is all about getting the most efficiency from an engine. So he's coined the phrase Organodynamics for the process of getting the most efficiency out of a company. He says these four laws are practiced by all high performance, high growth companies.
In a nutshell they amount to look for problems, fix them, share your learnings and have strong leadership. It's worth the 15 minutes to hear Steven explain the importance of each of these points, and the importance of adopting a philosophy of humble optimism.
You can read more about Steven's study of high growth companies in his book "Chasing the Rabbit: how market leaders outdistance the competition and how great companies can catch up and win" and his Chasing the Rabbit blog.