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Traits today's leaders "must have" to survive and lead without self-destructing
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Stress As Metaphor

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Modern neuroscience has strongly suggested that optimism might benefit physical health, and researchers are now confirming that psychoemotional stress might actually trigger physical inflammation in the body. Even back in 1934, they knew that the key to mastering life was the elimination of worries. F. Scott Fitzgerald set out to immunize his daughter Scottie against stress with an itemized list of the things in life to worry and not worry about. But what, exactly, is stress — and how did we come to think of it the way we do?


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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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Robin Martin's insight:

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.