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On Creating a Powerful Organization

What scientists call distributed control is usually called empowerment by management consultants. Management literature cites plenty of arguments in favor of empowerment, such as improving worker satisfaction, increasing profitability, and strengthening competitiveness. All of these are true, but never forget that the real reason for empowerment is to improve system effectiveness and survival. We enable the organization to have more resilience and agility by delegating decision-making and distributing control…. Read More»

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Your Company Culture Could Be Killing Performance

Don’t go conducting that annual employee survey if all you’re going to do is lock yourself in your executive suite and try to solve organizational issues on your own.

The culture of your company has developed and evolved over time through tens of thousands of interactions with leaders, customers, and employees, so you can’t expect to steer the organization by yourself…. Read More»

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4 Needed Shifts in the Traditional Boss-Subordinate Relationship

The Boss-Subordinate relationship is unnatural by design. We sell our power for money. We look to a person we have not chosen (whom we may or may not respect) for affirmation, evaluation, and reward. In order to “succeed” we strive to figure out what will make this guy like us, and adjust our style accordingly. We take every criticism to heart, even when we don’t believe it. We take this already unnatural structure and impose even more awkward performance feedback systems…. Read More»

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6 Indicators of a Great Manager

We all talk about the impact that strong leaders have on successful businesses and ways in which you can become a good leader. Many corporations spend exorbitant amounts of money sending their top leadership to seminars, educational programs, and other training interventions to become better leaders. However, what about managers, the people who directly interact with your frontline employees every day?… Read More»

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The Perils of Being A Ninth-Letter Leader

Every meeting is an opportunity: a unique moment that can bring a team closer together or shred the fabric that binds. Many leaders talk about developing teams, but few truly understand the complexities and intricacies of establishing the necessary culture of unity.

Our team prepared for weeks. Built our story presentation, cleaned the offices, straightened the pictures. The day finally arrived. Our CEO was visiting for the first time…. Read More»

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What Good Change Leaders Understand About Selfies

Selfies are starting to get out of hand. The President and Vice-President recently got in on the act and the Prime Minister of Malaysia recently posted a selfie with the President. The Chainsmoker’s song #SELFIE parodies the phenomenon and is the most viral video on YouTube. Ellen DeGeneres’ selfie at the Academy Awards with other famous A-listers was the most retweeted tweet ever and momentarily brought twitter to its knees. And, believe it or not, there is even a new invention called the selfie stick to give you the perfect angle.

We have become obsessed – with ourselves. We share our every move which keeps our followers up to date on where are, yet a self-focus can get in the way. Starting and building interest for a change takes involvement from many. We can’t do it alone…. Read More»

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Does Your Team Suffer From ‘Connectile Dysfunction’?

Why do so many startups fail – and what can be done about it?

Studies have identified various issues that contribute to the blow-up of startup teams, including competitive factors, market factors, technology churn and such, but the #1 – by a long shot – indicator of pending demise can be summarized with just one diagnosis: Connectile Dysfunction…. Read More»

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