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The End of "Results Only" at Best Buy, Theory X Returns?

The End of "Results Only" at Best Buy, Theory X Returns? | If you lead them, they will follow! | Scoop.it

"Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly axes flexible work. the original "Results-Only Work Environment" and why it is worse news than Yahoo's remote-worker roundup."  

That is, if this Theory X style change ends up being  judged as short-sighted leadership decision.

 

Excerpts via Professor Monique Valcour's post :

 

Best Buy's flexible work program is ...the groundbreaking Results Only Work Environment (ROWE), one of the most innovative and celebrated examples of a company redesigning work to focus on results and boost performance through motivation-enhancing trust and autonomy.

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"In a turnaround transformation, you need to feel disposable as opposed to indispensable."

 

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The ROWE method has since been implemented in more than 40 companies.

 

The culture of work-life support in a company is the most powerful predictor of employee work-life balance as well as a key element in job performance, organizational commitment, and intention to remain with the company.

But top management exerts the strongest influence on culture...

 

 

CEO Joly made a very revealing comment following an investors' meeting in November.

 

"In a turnaround transformation, you need to feel disposable as opposed to indispensable." 
He is far from the only "Theory X" leader who believes that stressing employees makes them perform better. 
This underlying belief persists despite enormous research evidence to the contrary ...
Related posts by Deb:There’s No Such Thing as Leadership? Pull, Influence and “Open Space” vs. Power   Change Leaders: Why Should Anyone Trust Your Vision? John Kotter & Harvard Business Review   Control Issues in Teams: How Do You Take Charge?
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Bad move. We shall see!

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, March 9, 2013 4:40 PM
  • This provocative piece on ending flex work arrangements provides YIN to the YANG of change leadership watch.  We can watch to see what happens next at Best Buy on how effective this is in turning things around or, perhaps putting an end to things.  ~  D
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, March 9, 2013 11:19 PM
Indeed, Robin. Science is not on their side, CEOs Joly & Mayer.
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Bullying at the workplace: Statistics on bullying

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Bullying at the workplace: Statistics on bullying - Human resources News on Violence in the Workplace

 

"...between 35 and 50 percent of workers have been bullied or otherwise abused in their workplaces at some point during their careers." Duffy told us.

 

"And for those of you in HR, you might be very interested to learn of the frequency statistics that were reported in a very recent study – 31 percent of human resources personnel had been bullied and over half of that bullied group believed it was because of their role in human resources and their associated responsibilities."

 

 

As if the personal implications weren’t enough, there is also a financial aspect to this situation.

 

"In the United States, the actual cost . . . $250 million annually in expenditures related to health care, litigation, staff turnover, and retraining from workplace bullying and mobbing." Duffy explained.

 

This figure may be low given a lot of these types of costs are not always attributed to bullying when in fact they could be.


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Great scoops Al on bullying! Leaders/bullying just do not mix. 

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, December 31, 2012 11:04 AM

It's time to take a close look at the quality of leadership in organizations!  Leadership is not a license to bully or condone it! The problem is that many of us don't know we are actually doing it!  

 

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Trending Down for years: Yahoo Investors Need to Worry About Marissa Mayer

Trending Down for years:  Yahoo Investors Need to Worry About Marissa Mayer | If you lead them, they will follow! | Scoop.it

"By fighting trends, like telecommuting, Ms. Mayer's focus on tactics further damages Yahoo - which desperately needs a CEO with vision to create a new strategy."


Excerpts:

 

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Yahoo has been a struggling company for several years.

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...Yahoo has lacked an effective strategy for a decade.  ..It has no technology advantage, no product advantage and no market advantage.  It is so weak in all markets that its only value has been as a second competitor that keeps the market leader from being attacked as a monopolist!

 

A series of CEOs have been unable to develop a new strategy for Yahoo to make it more like Amazon or Apple and less like – well, Yahoo. 

 

...Ms. Mayer was brought into the flailing company from Google, which is a market leader, to turn around Yahoo.  But she’s been on the job 7 months, and there still is no apparent strategy to return Yahoo to greatness.

 

Related posts by Deb:


 There’s No Such Thing as Leadership? Pull, Influence and “Open Space” vs. Power     Status Quo Shakedown Meets Right Action

   

Knowledge, Passion & Power: 3 Simple Change Principles to Release It

 


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, March 4, 2013 12:11 PM

Yahoo's spotlight in the news seems to now be a cautionary tale about how not to change. 


Mayer's success at Google seems as if it is not translating into vision and right action (first steps), even after 7 months, at Yahoo.

Leadership IS about followers and inspiration to adapt.  Yahoo seems to have chosen conventional communication (email) as well as traditional management techniques in a company that seems more and more old school in adapting to change. 


If nothing else, Yahoo, note, the medium is the message, a quote from Marshall McLuhan.

~  Deb