Framework: HI004 – 0303
3 - Primary or Horizontal Divisions
3 - Secondary or Vertical Divisions
Part of series: HI004 Hierarchy 004 – Organization Charts
Series Keywords: org charts, hierarchy, vertical org, positions, titles
The variations of organization/organizational charts (org charts) are as plentiful as there are organizations.The primary goal is go lay out the reporting relationships of the functions/departments/responsible personnel.What so many org charts fail to do is deliver the subliminal messages that are so important.These messages are achieved in consistency and alignment.In an org chart, it is generally preferred that every box/field on a certain level be the same size, implying equal importance.Resist the urge to make one larger to accommodate a longer title, etc.If you must enlarge one, enlarge them all.Also, it is important to maintain consistence from page to page.The boxes should be uniform (as much as possible) between departments/functions, etc.This type of attention to detail help convey the correct message and also elevates the messages within the document/presentation to a higher level.
Although this series of frameworks appears to have quite a few levels, there are really only three levels.The smaller stacked boxes are all linked to the box above, implying that they are not hierarchically linked to each other, but are on the same level.There are eight stacked smaller boxes; use what you need and delete the rest.
Working outside the automatic diagramming/org chart tool in PowerPoint will allow for greater levels of and more flexibility in formatting.Connect the boxes on top in PowerPoint by using the "Connectors" in the AutoShapes menu.That way the connection is established even if you need to readjust the spacing, etc.The boxes below are already connected.This has been done because the connections are made at a place where the PowerPoint connectors will not function.Go to the tutorial to learn about how to use these frameworks, as well as hi003 and hi005.They can be used together, as so many of the PowerFrameworks can.
Key search words: org charts, hierarchy, vertical org, positions, titles