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Leaders: Creating a Holacracy Workplace

Leaders: Creating a Holacracy Workplace | Building a Better Organization | Scoop.it
Have you heard of a "Holacracy" workforce? See this infographic and ponder what a purpose-drive and responsive workforce would do to your organization and your bottom-line.
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Two things about this:

 

1. I don't like the dichotomy. Each has it's pros and cons, and you can create a healthy, productive environment in each structure.

 

2. This is, however, a well-put-together visualization of holacracy.

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The 5 Biggest Hiring Mistakes Leaders Make

The 5 Biggest Hiring Mistakes Leaders Make | Building a Better Organization | Scoop.it

his Over the last few months, I have had three young leaders come to me for advice on hiring and firing. In this post, I share the mistakes I have made and commonly see.

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This doesn't necessarily have anything 'new', but the application points are much better than I've read anywhere else.

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The Most Valuable Lesson Jeff Weiner Learned as LinkedIn's CEO

The Most Valuable Lesson Jeff Weiner Learned as LinkedIn's CEO | Building a Better Organization | Scoop.it
Letting a poor-performing employee go can be tough, but it may be the best thing for him--and your business.
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Not easy stuff -- but it wouldn't be important if it was easy.

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New Research Unlocks the Secret of Employee Recognition

New Research Unlocks the Secret of Employee Recognition | Building a Better Organization | Scoop.it

Bersin has completed a comprehensive research project on employee recognition (saying "thank you") and the results are really astounding: organizations that give regular thanks to their employees far out perform those that don't.

 

What their research found was that tenure-based rewards systems have virtually no impact on organizational performance. It turns out that many of these tenure-based rewards programs are really legacy programs from the turn of the century when labor unions forced management to give employees “service awards” and hourly raises for tenure. Most large companies still have these programs today, yet only 58% of employees even know such programs exist. So for the most part they aren’t creating much value.

 

On other hand, our research did find that modern, re-engineered recognition programs can have a huge impact on business performance.


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Luís Cochofel's curator insight, February 6, 2014 10:06 AM

Believe me or not... 

 

Yesterday I've finallized a manual designed to support my view on the future of organizational development for the social economy entities, to which i've given the name of 'Engagement Management', where I've assembled these four tools as the most important any organization should embrace:

 

1. Strategy (to control or to develop?)

2. The importance of Employee RECOGNITION

3. Team development meetings using the principle of fostering participation and creativity

4. Self-assessment as the best way to allow indivividual, thus groupal, growth

Did it also sound to you as if today's scoop.it articles I've received were not by chance these particular ones I'm now sharing? 

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, February 8, 2014 6:37 AM

Good advice all throughout;

Jerry Busone's curator insight, February 8, 2014 2:53 PM

Something as simple as Thank you drives employee productivity. I've yet to come across an employee who asked his boss to stop giving recognition because it was too much...

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Employees and Customers Aren't First

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One of two business philosophies dominate organizations today, “customers first” or “employees first.” Both are useful. Neither reflect reality. Employees first: Vineet Nayar, CEO of HCL Technologi...
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How come nobody else has talked about this before?! Good conversation. Of course, it does go in circles -- but it's about navigating, not taking a hard line.

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Success is slow. That's OK. - Jon Acuff

Success is slow. That's OK. - Jon Acuff | Building a Better Organization | Scoop.it
Sometimes people tell me, “I want to do what you do.” That’s a nice compliment because it means they think I am successful at something. But when I tell them I’ve been writing professionally for 16 years they don’t like that timeline. I wish success was faster. I do. It’d be a lot easier and …
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Including this in this topic category because I think this is important, very important, to remember in our organizational life.

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Lessons We Can All Learn From Zappos' CEO Tony Hsieh

Lessons We Can All Learn From Zappos' CEO Tony Hsieh | Building a Better Organization | Scoop.it
At just 39, millionaire entrepreneur Tony Hsieh is world famous for creating a business that is both extremely profitable and fun to work for

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What if a society of people just entering the workforce (during the last five years and into the next five years) believed and acted out culture the way Zappos does?

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Cruise Line Class's curator insight, February 9, 2014 10:44 AM

I love this article on Tony Hsieh!

 

Unless .....

You have been fortunate enough  to work for such a special company where you are surrounded by people who care more than they have to, work more than they need to, and believe in what they are doing.  The kind of company where you laugh together, cry together, challenge eachother to learn, grow, and be better every day.  The family-like environment where you know you make a difference, where you are trusted to make decisions, your ideas are heard, and  you feel like you belong. 

 

If you have worked in a special environment like this you will know that failure is never an option.  With a team of top talent going in the same direction, who have your back no matter what -- success is the only option.  It is so incredible!!!

 

I wish that everyone has that opportunity to work with a CEO like Tony Hsieh...I am fortuante to have worked with CEOs like him who believed in their people and company culture like Mr. Hsieh, and it makes all the difference in the world.

 

Have you worked for a company like this?  If so, please let us know.  Would love to hear from you!

 

PS - Live on Purpose!

Colby Stream's comment, February 11, 2014 9:23 PM
Great article. The thing that strikes me is the potential to replicate. What if a society of people just entering the workforce (during the last five years and into the next five years) believed and acted out culture the way Zappos does? Business as we know it would change forever.
Cruise Line Class's comment, February 14, 2014 10:23 AM
Colby, excellent question! Success leaves clues if companies only followed the formula. The problem is that shareholders want their ROI today. You have to have the right soil, the right seeds, and the right food to grow those seeds to cultivate sustainable success.