When you're working for someone who is threatened by your ideas, you'll know it. Your boss will send you signals that your energy, intellect and creativity aren't welcome.First, the signals will be small. Your boss is trying to tamp down your growing flame before it gets any bigger.If you don't get the message "Pipe down and do what I tell you - and nothing else!" the messages will get louder. You may have been the department's star employee, but now you're persona non grata.If your bo
Richard Barrett is an author, speaker and internationally recognised thought leader on the evolution of human values in business and society. He is the founder and chairman of the Barrett Values Centre, a Fellow of the World Business Academy, an Advisory Board Member of the Centre for Integral Wisdom, Honorary Board Member of the Spirit of Humanity Forum, and Former Values Coordinator at the World Bank.
Managers need to be able to get their organization behind ideas in order to adapt to changing markets. As we have seen with Blockbuster and Kodak, even dominant firms now go bankrupt in record time and traditional change management techniques are often too slow. To lead today, managers need to create movements.
Over the past few weeks, I've been fascinated by the implementation of holacracy at Zappo's. In case you haven't heard of holacracy, it's a "complete system for self-organization" designed to free organizations from non-flexible hierarchies. As the holacracy.org site explains:Traditional hierarchy is reaching its limits, but “flat management” alternatives lack the rigor needed to run a business effectively. Holacracy is a third-way: it brings structure and discipline to a peer-to-peer
Peter Vander Auwera's insight:
"Like, I bet, for most rebels at work, the small hairs on the back of my neck levitate when I find my actions governed by a strict process. Rules have always had a lowest common denominator quality for me. For me, a healthy workplace has productive relationships, comfortable and intuitive patterns of work, and yes flow--the state of being so completely involved in an activity that individual egos largely disappear. "
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ―Aesop Innovation and company culture. The words are common parlance in business today, and the two are often found together. Google, for example is an organization motivated by innovation, and its commitment to innovation is cultural, not process driven. But how can an enterprise and its leaders nurture innovation? In the 15th century, the word “culture” pertained to agriculture, as in “cultivating” the land. Over time, the definition m
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