Is Fluid Form for You?

Whether you are a consultant or you work within an organization and have sway over the manner in which it is run and work is divided, you are probably waiting for the next new thing. My decades of experience have made it clear to me that the need for a new approach to organization is […]
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Starving for Support

Starving your organization’s teams of systems, structures, and resources is like cutting off the power or blocking roads to an otherwise successful city, and virtually guarantees team failure. A full implementation of the team concept includes much more than putting...

The Hidden Dangers of Corporate Conformity

Much as the human body sends out white blood cells to fight off anything aberrant to the greater organism, corporations discourage – often subtly – the operations which have different work cultures. One reason teams fail is because of this tremendous pressure on them to conform to the rest of the corporation. We call this […]
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Leaders or Bosses

Those at the top of a hierarchy are termed “leaders,” and while the title is respectful, it’s not always accurate. Members of the hierarchy have authority to act, but this does not necessarily make them leaders. What is it that separates real leaders from those who merely have the title “leader?” The best way I’ve […]
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Don’t Axe the Golden Goose

The last thing anyone wants to do is slash the productive portions of a business, yet the first indication of non-strategic restructuring is across-the-board cuts.  The view is that every group or department needs to do their share so everyone will reduce some fixed percent.  A clear business strategy targets where and why each cut […]
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Why Some Teams Fail

In spite of the mounting evidence about the success of teams, not all team based operations are effective.  In my discussions with team managers and practitioners, many people suggest that about half of the team implementations fail. [i] By failure, they mean an inability to sustain the team concept over time. There appears to be several […]
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The Intangible Value of Purpose: or How Shell’s Purpose Statement Influenced the Bottom Line.

The value of intangibles is a trend tracked by Dr. Baruch Lev, a professor of finance at New York University over the last 60 years. The percentage of share price has been changing from hard assets equaling 90% of the value sixty years ago to 37% of share value today. That means 63% of the […]
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