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Move Your Mike

In February 2013, Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo, sent a memo to her employees saying that working from home was not acceptable anymore,...

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Empowerment, That Horrible Word

What scientists call distributed control is usually called empowerment by management consultants. However, some experts don’t like the ...

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Delegation Requires Boundaries

The origin of the word management is from Italian, meaning “taking care of horses”. All I know about horses is what I picked up from ...

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Don’t Let Scrum Make You Fragile

My spouse has a personal trainer who makes him perform all kinds of healthy practices. One week it’s the lateral lift, another week it...

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The Merits System

It is clear that the annual bonus system doesn't work. A tremendous amount of research says that it demotivates people, destroys coll...

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The Flat System

Some people argue that organizations should get rid of their bonus systems. They say most of an organization’s performance is in the sy...

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The Bonus System

A practice that has infiltrated the western business world like a pestilence in a shanty town is the annual bonus system. The idea of thi...

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The Problem of Vogon Mission Statements

A few months ago I was in a bar in Melbourne. I had been there for a number of hours, enjoying a relaxed atmosphere, friendly service, ni...

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The Problem of Top-Down Goals

There’s a problem I have with suggestions for goals and purpose in standard management literature. Most writers and consultants assume ...

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The Problem of Stakeholder Focus

As soon as an organization, a team, or a person, defines their purpose as a focus on one thing above other things, there will be sub-opti...

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Business Guilds

Have you ever seen the façades on the Grand-Place in Brussels? They look absolutely amazing. In the past they were literally the image o...

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The Kudo Box

There are many wrong ways to reward employees. A simple but effective approach is to install a “kudo box”, which enables people to gi...

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