Category: Organizational Transformation

What Rules Your Culture?

Organizational Transformation

Treating adults like adults doesn’t sound particularly revolutionary. Yet, the companies most often cited for innovative management approaches are basically doing exactly that. Netflix takes their turn in the spotlight in No Rules Rules written by founder and CEO Reed Hastings and business professor Erin Meyers. The company’s desire to limit or eliminate policies and processes that restrict individual decisions, rather than promote innovation, motivated their leadership to do away with strict guidelines on items like vacation time and business travel expenses. Hastings learned from his previous startup experience that scaling produces greater controls, resulting in less innovation. He…

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Decision Making in Extreme Conditions

Organizational Transformation

Great, almost super human, decision making is the universal desire these days with the world in crisis. Leaders are being asked to make decisions that are outside their experience and beyond their skill level. Although the bar for decision making doesn’t get lowered much when we are just trying to compete and survive in our complex and fast moving lives. So, when you spot a book title, Think Like a Rocket Scientist, it is hard not think “this might help.” Rocket scientists are on that short list of most admired occupations for being really really smart. They combine analytical…

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Solving the Better Problem

Organizational Transformation

To solve most of our big problems before they happen would seem to require some form of time travel.  And it would produce a wonderful world. Chip Heath of Heath Brothers fame has challenged us to do more than dream about that world in his latest book, Upstream. Similar to his previous works on communication, change and decision making, this book provides more a pathway to follow than an exact formula. Most of Heath’s examples come from the social sector trying to solve the big problems of our day like healthcare, climate change, poverty and education. These are the…

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Growing Towards Who You Want to Be

Organizational Transformation

“Grow or die” seems to be the mantra for most organizations.  The vast majority of companies use some form of comparative metrics in order to see if they are making progress compared to their past efforts. Top line growth (revenue) has often been enough to provide the next round of financing, a larger bonus, or consideration for a better position.  Growth implies positive movement and momentum towards achieving potential. The good news is that companies can choose a number of paths to achieve growth. 

 

In Growth IQ, Tiffani Bova, identifies ten different approaches available to organizations looking to grow.   Bova cites…

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The Necessity of Co-Creation

Organizational Transformation

Every few years “the solution” arrives.  The true believers enthusiastically evangelize their networks while the skeptics announce, “there is nothing new here.”  The truth often lies somewhere in the middle.   Given that leadership and management practices have been illustrated and discussed from the beginning of human interaction, it would be surprising to discover an overlooked significant truth.  The more likely explanation is that the current context and challenges have created the right environment for a particular idea to be fruitful at this time. Victor Hugo captured it well: “Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.”

 

Two approaches…

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