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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Liberated company: Dream or reality ?

Is “corporate liberation” merely a new trend that will trigger yet another flurry of reorganizations? No, the phenomenon is set to last, if we are to believe some of the leaders who have taken this path. The liberated approach isn’t revolutionary. It is simply part of a wave of transformations that began several years ago…

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Is budgeting just slowing you down?

The need to abandon command-and-control style management and its associated time-consuming bureaucratic processes was articulated in a concept known as Beyond Budgeting as far back as 1998. In the years since, a growing need for organizational adaptability and agility has only made this approach more compelling. British consultants Jeremy Hope, Robin Fraser, and Peter Bunce…

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Team of teams: New rules of engagement for a complex world

Efficiency — once the advantage of large organizations over smaller — is no longer enough for navigating today’s level of complexity and speed of change. A solution for “leviathans” in need of the agility hitherto limited to less structured players is to build “a team of teams.” The ability to transmit information instantly and at…

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Davidson Consulting, a horizontal organization

When he founded Davidson Consulting in 2005, Edouard Mandelkern was inspired by the work of Frank Ostroff, who created the concept of the “horizontal organizational.” A decade later, the IT services company was crowned the best employer in Europe by the Great Place to Work Institute, while posting annual growth of 26%. Edouard Mandelkern credits…

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