The Office of Legacy Management (LM) has instituted a new organizational strategy of “swapping” office directors between functional areas to increase integration and flexibility.
In 2016, LM brought both Tania Smith Taylor and David Shafer on board as office directors (Site Operations and Business Operations, respectively) with the aim of transferring each into the other‘s position after a year working in their new roles. On October 1, 2017, Tania switched to the director of Business Operations and David moved into the director of Site Operations position.
Business Operations and Site Operations are both technically demanding and organizationally challenging. With office directors experienced in both of LM’s major functional areas, the organization gains flexibility and the individuals acquire valuable experience, which will contribute to LM succession planning.
By implementing this swap, LM will drive more integration and understanding of all functions in LM. The organization will also benefit from diverse perspectives to increasingly difficult challenges. Increased integration and collaboration should lead to greater strategic thinking and problem solving throughout LM—from management to staff.
The new federal fiscal year is a logical point in time for the transfer, as it aligns with many personnel and contractual turnovers. The directors will continue to interact with each other regularly in the transition and complete projects initiated before the switch. LM expects that the transition will appear seamless to our many stakeholders.