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Barriers

Successful innovation is always problem-focused. And the most powerful solutions emerge when problems are clearly defined.

Even the most experienced management innovators bump into roadblocks that frustrate their progress. The way forward is to identify these barriers, break them down into solvable chunks, and focus on the high-value areas.

Here you can browse through the problems others are encountering — whether they're political squabbles, capability gaps, or resource constraints — and propose solutions. And, of course, you can bring your own barriers to the conversation. You might find that others have wrestled with the same issues and come out on top.

The MIX Lab / Barriers

A dynamic collection of real-world case studies from the MIX community

When Managers talk of people they actually mean the Knowledge and experience they carry in their heads.
Barrier by Nayantara Prasad on August 20, 2010
While so many of us acknowledge how critical it is to have systems thinking in order to maximise productivity in organisations why is it that systemic shut down of skills prevails?
Barrier by Eldo Kurian on October 28, 2010
Agility requires us to rev up the frequency of our communication, collaboration and coordination as a team.  As the world continues to rev up, we must rev up with it, to handle t
Barrier by Mike Richardson on October 31, 2010
We know the lessons of Edison's light bulb.  He had to fail so many times to get to what would work.  We tell our kids to "fail and try again".  But in our organizations, we hate failur
Barrier by Howard C. Park on May 20, 2010
In this article I make an inventory of my observations on HR. I cannot avoid concluding that HR can’t get any worse than it is today.
Barrier by Luc Galoppin on August 24, 2011
Designers are innovators, problem solvers, and implementers.
Barrier by jagadesh subash on May 21, 2011
The problem of assumed expertise: title and tenure are often treated as a proxy for the skill sets of individuals within organizations, making it difficult to fully leverage the collective skill set o
Barrier by Eric Peterson on April 8, 2010
Practice of any wisdom demands organization and discipline. Personnel today lack the time, energy and volition to self-organize practice of management-wisdom.
Barrier by Raj Kumar on August 28, 2010
Getting all hands on board to energetically and enthusiastically work on fixing what's broken with management today is susceptible to a growing trend, particularly here in the US of A.  That is,
Barrier by Aaron Anderson on June 23, 2011
Why does decision making always have to be judgmental and uncertain? Can we have a better way to leverage employee brain power?
Barrier by Bharath Ramasubban on June 25, 2010
Perhaps the most common failure of individuals and organizations that need to change is either that they do not seek the broader view that offers new choices, or that they do not explore the deeper ro
Until we promote leaders through mindful transparency, unskilled bosses will continue to hold innovation hostage at the helm.
Barrier by Ellen Weber on September 25, 2010
CEO's and high level managers are often detached from 'the work floor' and may be surrounded by people who hesitate to criticize them.
Barrier by Mireille Jansma on June 21, 2010
I've always admired CEOs who forgo multimillion dollar salary payments, like Jobs at Apple,but if you drill into the pay-scales at the top companies, you can seethat executive compensation has, well f
Barrier by Aaron Anderson on April 27, 2011

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