Building Spiky Orgs: Why Doing Less Is Best by Jean-Denis Greze

Optimizing for strengths is one way to build and grow an organization for impact. We'll discuss why building an organization that is great at only a very few things i.e., a spiky org -- can be a template for success. We'll also touch on technical, product, and organizational examples of strengths that a lot of organizations spend time developing but are often not necessary to the ultimate success of a business. Finally, we'll talk about how you can maintain these spikes as you grow, and other tricks that every manager and leader should know to keep their organization focused on the most important things.

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Jean-Denis Greze

Head of Engineering @ Plaid

Jean-Denis Greze is Head of Engineering at Plaid, the technology company giving developers access to the financial system and the tools to build many of the most influential applications and services of the modern financial era. Companies such as Venmo + Paypal, Coinbase, Robinhood, Acorns, Clarity Money and hundreds more are built on Plaid. Prior to joining Plaid, Jean-Denis was Director of Engineering at Dropbox, where he led the growth, identity, notifications, Paper and payments teams. Prior to Dropbox, Jean-Denis worked in fintech in New York and has CS degrees from Columbia as well as a JD from Harvard Law School.

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