The Talent Agenda Perhaps there is no word more decried in management and HR than “hierarchy”. Often used as a proxy for rigid, the term is used to suggest an organization where information only flows through a chain of command. An organization where frontline innovation is stifled and where silos are inevitable. An organization where leaders might manage multi-million dollar budgets, but must get sign-offs on small investments. An organization where status is dependent on factors like titles, pay and number of people managed.