Culture change, personalized team management and AI… These topics and more are covered in our selection of this month’s 5-not-to-miss articles!

Here are five articles that stood out this month for their originality, relevance, and/or analysis. Happy reading!   Organization “Getting to the critical few behaviors that can drive cultural change” (Strategy+Business) Culture change can feel like a insurmountable challenge, partly because what determines culture — how and what the people within an organization do on…

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Lean Start-up: Adopt Ongoing Innovation!

Whether you are a budding start-up or a well-established company, the prospect of launching an innovation can be daunting. Is it too risky? Where do you start? What are the priorities? With his Lean start-up approach, the serial entrepreneur Éric Ries presents a methodology that combines long-term vision and quick iteration to improve, accelerate and…

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Three global HR and leadership trends for 2017

As 2017 really gets going, we identify three over-arching, interrelated trends that will shape the direction of HR and leadership around the world this year.   1. Data analytics and machine learning technologies will become more fully integrated into work processes. Forward-thinking companies like Google already use people analytics as the foundational building block of…

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HD-Sydsvenskan tackles corporate stupidity [interview]

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. When Pontus Bodelsson…

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Organizational stupidity: why you lose your critical thinking skills

Organizational stupidity can translate into a dangerous sense of futility that prompts even the brightest employees to abandon objectivity and silently accept absurd tasks. Organizational stupidity is a common hazard in many companies but — paradoxically enough — it can prove useful to maintaining a certain degree of cohesion. How can we explain the upsurge…

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Foster cooperation between your team and the rest of the company

Even when a team has a high degree of internal collaboration, its modus operandi with the rest of the company might be insular. How can you cultivate the free flow of ideas, skills and talents between your team and the rest of the organization?   1/MAKE EVERYONE’S WORK MEANINGFUL Your workers cannot possibly open up…

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Joining up silos

Sharing creates value; putting up barriers destroys it! Silos divide teams, hamper creativity, and blind us to both risks and opportunities. And yet, it’s impossible to get rid of silos completely, so how can you better manage their negative effects? To meet the increasing demands of complex products, services and transactions, since the 1950s companies…

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3 managerial practices that are often missing in large groups

Faced with technological breakthroughs and jostled by disruptive startups, large companies wonder constantly how to update their practices. The ideal is not, however, radical reinvention, but instead to combine their own inherent impressive strengths with the agility of startups. Some companies have adopted a novel approach of reverse mentoring, based on the exchange of best practices between “start-uppers” and…

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The five principles of corporate hacking

If you really want to bring down barriers and shake up (bad) work habits, launching vast transformation plans is not enough in itself. You have to encourage your teams to challenge the status quo or even circumvent established processes so they can progress in project mode, improvise and experiment with new ideas.   1- Take…

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Agility: is hacking your company the answer?

The term “corporate hacking” covers a range of tactics and measures used to spread intrapreneurial practices, improvisation and iterative learning like viruses within companies. The aim of corporate hacking is to fuel more agile, open and collaborative environments – in other words, to create cultures that stimulate innovation and make work more meaningful again. Corporations…

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