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HD-Sydsvenskan tackles corporate stupidity

N° 273, February 2017

Most corporate cultures reward employees who seek to please superiors by agreeing with everything rather than challenging decisions. The problem is that such cultures give rise to organizational stupidity. According to Pontus Bodelsson, CEO of the Swedish media group HD-Sydsvenskan, the solution is to work to instead develop a culture of questioning.

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Organizational stupidity: why you lose your critical thinking skills

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Based on The Stupidity Paradox: The Power and Pitfalls of Functional Stupidity at Work by Mats Alvesson and André Spicer (Profile Books, June 2016) and an interview with Pontus Bodelsson, CEO of HD-Sydsvenskan and director of several Swedish companies.

Dare to be messy: tapping an unrecognized source of creativity and resilience!

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Based on Messy: How to be creative and resilient in a tidy-minded world by Tim Harford (Little, Brown Book Group, October 2016), and an interview with Rory Sutherland, Vice Chairman at Ogilvy Group UK (January 2017).

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Loss of meaning, loss of passion = brown-out

N° 273, February 2017

Based on : The Stupidity Paradox: The Power and Pitfalls of Functional Stupidity at Work by Mats Alvesson and André Spicer (Profile Books, June 2016) ; Néantreprise. Dans votre bureau personne ne vous entend crier by Marc Estat (Favre, March 2016) ; and “Après le burn-out et le bore-out, voici le brown-out” (Le Monde, October 2016) ; “Prevent Your Star Performers from Losing Passion for Their Work “ (Harvard Business Review, January 2015).