„It is my conviction that sustainable business is smart business. It gives us an opportunity to create value while helping to make a better world.“
Heinz Peter Wallner's insight:
SMARTE Führungskräfte aber gibt es immer mehr. Sie denken ganzheitlich, sie fördern Lebendigkeit im Unternehmen, behandeln Menschen als Menschen, können mit hoher Komplexität umgehen und sehen im Prinzip Corporate Sustainability die größte Erfolgschance. Das ist eine gute Nachricht.
This is a speech delivered by John Gardner to McKinsey & Company in November 10, 1990.
Excerpt from the speech:
We have to face the fact that most men and women out there in the world of work are more stale than they know, more bored than they would care to admit. Boredom is the secret ailment of large-scale organizations. Someone said to me the other day "How can I be so bored when I'm so busy?" And I said "Let me count the ways." Logan Pearsall Smith said that boredom can rise to the level of a mystical experience, and if that's true I know some very busy middle level executives who are among the great mystics of all time.
Learn all your life. Learn from your failures. Learn from your successes, When you hit a spell of trouble, ask "What is it trying to teach me?" The lessons aren't always happy ones, but they keep coming. It isn't a bad idea to pause occasionally for an inward look. By midlife, most of us are accomplished fugitives from ourselves.
The things you learn in maturity aren't simple things such as acquiring information and skills. You learn not to engage in self-destructive behavior. You leant not to burn up energy in anxiety. You discover how to manage your tensions, if you have any, which you do. You learn that self-pity and resentment are among the most toxic of drugs. You find that the world loves talent, but pays off on character.
You come to understand that most people are neither for you nor against you, they are thinking about themselves. You learn that no matter how hard you try to please, some people in this world are not going to love you, a lesson that is at first troubling and then really quite relaxing.
Those are things that are hard to learn early in life, As a rule you have to have picked up some mileage and some dents in your fenders before you understand. As Norman Douglas said "There are some things you can't learn from others. You have to pass through the fire.'
Will conquering Zappos help holacracy thrive in the brutally competitive market for management ideas? There is good reason to be sceptical. “Nine-tenths of the approximately 100 branded management ideas I’ve studied lost their popularity within a decade or so,” wrote Julian Birkinshaw of London Business School in the May issue of the Harvard Business Review. Among the latest cast-offs, it seems, is Google’s much-admired “20% time”, in which workers got a day a week to work on their own projects; the company is reported to be quietly sidelining it.
Soziale Werte. Demokratische Werte. Westliche Werte. Europa als Wertegemeinschaft. Familienwerte. Lebenswerte. Negative Werte. So viel Wert war noch nie. Über die Rhetorik der Werte – und was sie verdeckt.
IDEO knows a thing or two about building businesses: The renowned design firm specializes in designing organizations, products and experiences that will revolutionize the way things work, and has helped revamp companies ranging from Kraft Foods to the National Health Services. So how did the international agency go about creating an innovative workplace of its own?
Building and developing a creative culture among employees has been at the core of IDEO from its founding, says Duane Bray, head of global talent. Indeed, IDEO’s culture has been written about by Harvard Business Review, among other publications.
The foundation of its culture rests on seven principle values, which IDEO published in the Culture Code campaign.
“Do we need a revolution?” ask Clayton Christensen and Derek van Bever in the June 2014 Harvard Business Review (HBR). “The orthodoxies governing finance are so entrenched that we almost need a modern-day Martin Luther to articulate the need for change.”
When “the world’s most influential business thinker” calls for a revolution, maybe we should pay attention. The “revolution”, says the article, would have three parts. (1) “New ways to assess investments in innovation… (2) We should no longer husband capital. It is abundant and cheap… and (3) …new tools for managing the resources that are scarce and costly.”
One immediate question: is the needed revolution about acquiring new tools or new management mindsets? New tools applied with existing mindsets risk leading to more of the same. In fact, could applying new mindsets to the existing tools go a long way to the revolution that the HBR article is talking about?
In this guest piece by David Marquet, Retired U.S. Navy Captain, David chronicles his experiences and mistakes while in command of the submarine the USS Santa Fe to reveal how you can empower your employees and colleagues to think for themselves.
Business model innovation(BMI) is risky, but when companies do it with agility, they thrive. This article looks at how Return Path, the global leader in email marketing, met the challenge of applying BMI successfully. The authors interviewed up to 700 CEOs to better understand BMI drivers.
The Children's Party Story introduces the nature of systems and complexity through the use of a simple metaphor that resonates widely. One of the key learning stories from Dave Snowden of Cognitive Edge.
Last week I was sent a link to an interesting infographic on the ten most important work skills in 2020. It is a graphic respresentation of research done by the University of Phoenix and the Institute for the Future (see their PDF report here). What I like about this is that the team that put it together has looked at the significant drivers of change in society and then worked out what work skills will be required to address these. It’s a thought provoking read for parents, educators and businesses alike. Whilst none of the skills listed are really new, the emphasis is on their growing importance. The timeline is only 6 years away anyway, and so the focus was not on new skills but on what is becoming vital for success right now in our workplaces. You can find the infographic here, and a summary of their points below......
Wer eine Vorstellung von seinem Leben hat, kann sich glücklich schätzen: Die eigenen Motive, Werte und Stärken sind präsent und verfügbar, die Zielrichtung für die Karriere ist klar. Hier sind ein paar hilfreiche Tipps zum Erspüren der eigenen Vision.
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