What’s Going On With Employee Empowerment?

Even the largest, most hierarchical organizations, like the military and global multinationals, are seeing the need to create practices of empowerment and distributed decision making that will keep the company nimble and innovating, and make the organization more resilient. Whether this ultimately gets to a “bossless” state of self-management for most companies is unlikely, but there is mounting evidence that the movement towards greater empowerment is both necessary and inevitable.

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Written Edwin Jansen, published on Medium

5 Influences On Organizational Culture To Be Aware Of

Organizational culture should be the vision you have for your company, but this is not always the case. Without direction and positive influences, negative factors can take hold, shaping a company’s culture in a way that can become harmful to the business.

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Written by Steffen Maier, published on LinkedIn

What I Hear When You Tell Me Your Company Doesn’t Do Meetings

Getting rid of meetings is not a management revolution. Meetings  are discussions between colleagues about the work to be done and the reasons for doing it . They are important. But just because they’re important doesn’t mean they organize themselves.

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Written by Jonathan Nightingale, published on Medium

Stop Your Agile Transformation Right Now

What has enabled companies such as Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Tesla, and Google to achieve global market dominance in just a few years? Some people attribute the successes to strong, visionary leaders with an almost dictatorial approach to the topics they find important, such as design, strategy, or experimentation. Others claim that it is their creative, self-organized, and self-managed teams that build the most successful products. In this post Jurgen Appelo describes why he believes it’s a dynamic mix of both.

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Written by Jurgen Appelo, Author of Management 3.0

Make Better Decisions With The Advice Process

Effective and efficient decision making is crucial for business performance. The common approaches of either top-down, authoritarian decision making or decision making based on consensus often don’t function as an ideal practice for fast moving and rapidly changing organizations. But there is an alternative. More and more organizations experiment and establish methods of decision making where authority is distributed to higher degree throughout a team or organization. It is often referred to as the advice process.

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Written and published by Corporate Rebels

Design The Team You Need To Succeed

“High Performing Team” is the holy grail for modern companies. This article features and unpacks three themes on helping teams to succeed and solving for the mystery of highly effective team collaboration.

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Written by Christina Wodtke, published by ProductCoaltion

Digital Isn’t Software Or About Technology, It’s A Mindset

The most dominant companies are now digital-first. Think Netflix over Blockbuster or iTunes over Tower Records. Aaron Dignan founding partner at TheReady explains in this talk that for future success companies need a purpose, responsive structures and processes to support it, the right people, and (most importantly) how these need to be combined to make products that serve a community larger than any employee or organization.

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The Organization Of The Future: Arriving Now

In today’s digital context organizations face a growing imperative to redesign themselves to move faster, adapt more quickly, facilitate rapid learning, and embrace the dynamic career demands of their people. A growing number of leading organizations are taking the leap of faith to explore, experiment and adapt new ways of organizing and running their operations with the purpose of actively building organizational structures for effective value creation and high-performance in a digital economy.

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Authored by Deloitte University Press

Does Your Company Need A Director Of Getting Sh*t Done?

Systems and processes serve an important role in any organization. This is something Ryan Holmes, CEO of Hootsuite, realized as his company has scaled from a few dozen to nearly 1,000 employees. Systems ensure that projects get done, quality is maintained and there are no surprises. The problem is that bad systems often end up in a kind of corporate Bermuda Triangle.

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Written by Ryan Holmes, CEO of Hootsuite

Organizing For Speed, Agility, And Adaptability

​As digital transforms the business landscape, the successful organizations will likely be those that can move faster, adapt more quickly, learn more rapidly, and embrace dynamic career demands.

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Article by Deloitte University Press