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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Putting a bit of agility into performance evaluations

Between now and the end of the year, 75% of European employees will have undergone an evaluation interview. And yet, if there is one thing on which everyone can agree, management and staff alike, it is that these annual reviews are often painful, even useless. Why, then, do we repeat them year after year? Arguably…

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Build your emotional agility at work

What are your biggest emotional mine fields at work? Consider what may be holding you back from navigating your job with greater emotional agility. 1/ GUARD AGAINST THE FOUR MOST-COMMON MENTAL HOOKS To make life easier, everyone puts people, things, and experiences into quick and simple mental categories. Too often, however, our heuristics become hooks…

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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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Emotional agility

The workplace is almost always an emotional minefield. If you are like most people, a typical day at the office raises all kinds of challenging, involuntary thoughts and feelings. The question is: do you have the “emotional agility” to put your inner turmoil to good use, or do you just run from it? How do…

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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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What’s the problem with collaboration on your team?

Effective collaboration drives revenue and customer satisfaction and acts as a buffer against economic downturn. But it’s a means to an end that, unless skillfully managed, can cost you and your teams precious resources without achieving its intended results.   “While there are many feel-good arguments in favor of collaboration, the real justification for effective…

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How to spread excellence in your company

How can you spread excellence to more people and more places in your organization? This “problem of more” is what keeps many leaders awake at night, say Stanford professors Robert Sutton and Huggy Rao, who spent the past decade uncovering what it takes to identify, build, and spread exemplary performance. Business Digest presents you with…

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EADS: making quality a key performance factor

Extract from an interview with Nathalie Ducombeau, Senior Vice President Head of Quality, Airbus, September 2013. “Tom Enders, CEO of the EADS Group, launched the company’s Quality Improvement initiative in February 2013 with the aim of making Quality a competitive factor across the entire group. The scheme is entirely cross-functional for all activities and complements…

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Why waste your time in meetings?

On average, you spend a third of your workday in meetings. Meanwhile, “real” work piles up, leading to endless catch up and discouragement. According to an Epson study, in 2011 in the UK alone, unproductive meetings cost companies $41 billion dollars. Is there a cure for the “meetingitis” that continues to plague companies? 1. Lack…

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