organisational behaviour

Inspired to Fail - Part 2 of 3

It might seem ironic that the venerable Harvard Business Review, a publication from an institution that has produced many successful leaders, would devote an entire issue to failure as it did last month. But given how much research and work has been done on the subject, it turned out to be one of the best issues of the journal I’ve read in a long time.

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Corporate Slaves

Guest Post by: Laszlo Kövari

The pervasive view on leadership is situational (a better but uglier word would be positional), thus completely false.

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Rock Stars, Tribes, & Community Management

Yesterday I entertained an engaging conversation with a young professional working her way up through the industry. She made some interesting observations about the company I work for. She observed that we had a very active "tribe" in multiple social systems. She also noted that she associates one of our community managers (Suzanne) with our practice site (edelmandigital.com).

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What's So Wrong with Hierarchy?

Here's a scenario. The CEO of your company needs to do a big review presentation to shareholders/analysts/investors/holding company bigwigs. So they brief 5 of their direct reports asking for contributions to help put it together, your boss being one.

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The Shamrock Organisation (Redux)

Charles Handy, Irish philosopher, management thinker and writer, first coined the phrase The Shamrock Organisation in the late 80's to describe an organisational structure with three distinct parts: 

  • The 'core staff', likely to be experienced or highly trained professionals, essential to continuity and maintaining detailed knowledge of organisational aims, objectives and practices.

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On Productivity

Post by: Sigurd Rinde

"Productive effort, measured in terms of the rate of output per unit of input"

And I bet you that the next word that is popping up in your head now is efficiency: "Achieving maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or expense"

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"Real" Competitive Advantage

According to the Deloitte Centre for the Edge, under 25% of the workers it surveyed are passionate about their work. Worse, the level of passion in the workforce turned out to be inversely related to the size of the company. Unsurprisingly perhaps, the self-employed were the most passionate, but the findings indicated that the larger the company, the lower the level of passion among the workers.

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The Most Important Feature Lacking in ERP Systems Is the Kill Switch. If You Want Innovation to Happen Fast, Look for That Switch.

Innovation happening in different sectors, such as advanced technology, government, social enterprise, multi-national corporations and non-profits is exciting.

 

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Social Business and the Command & Control Excuse

Post by: Sigurd Rinde

A few days ago I had the usual pleasure of reading one of Euan's posts, where there was one paragraph that triggered something in my mind:

"On the same day I get an email from a senior official in a government job saying "I'm beginning to think that the inherently democratic nature of social media tools is the very reason why they are being restricted or marginalised in some organisations.

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Work Is Communication

Post by: Sigurd Rinde

Work relies on, no, consists of two things: 

  • brains and hands 
  • communication
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