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Hacks

To tackle big, thorny challenges, you need big, unconventional ideas.

That’s what you’ll find here: boundary-pushing proposals for changing the way organizations work and leaders lead — from setting strategy to allocating resources to designing work to rewarding and compensating individuals.

Check out the disruptive ideas and radical fixes posted by your fellow MIXers below — and join them in stirring the pot by proposing your own. A hack can be as seemingly basic as a better way to run meetings or as high-stakes as a complete overhaul of the compensation system — as long as it turns the tables on management-as-usual and offers up a pathway to progress on one of the moonshots.

The MIX Lab / Hacks

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

Bilateral and multilateral donors and NGOs re-write the rules of the International Development Cooperation System to unleash the real potential of markets and the private sector to end poverty at a la
Hack by Lucho Osorio-Cortes on March 2, 2012
No organizational design is perfect.  Whether hierarchy, meritocracy or some other form, there will always be a part of human genius and experience that escapes these idealized human creations.
Hack by Dan Oestreich on June 13, 2011
The key challenge in this hack is “how to make organizations genuinely fit for human beings”.
Hack by Chary Chigurala on December 3, 2011
The existing philosophical foundation of businesses/organizations communicates an inherent sense of inequality: Employees are seen as minions and bosses are seen as mini gods; as long as
Hack by Cathy Archer on November 22, 2010
According to Michael Porter value is the chain of activities for a company that operates in a specific industry.
Hack by Avijit Saha on March 15, 2011
Communities exist because the individuals that participate get more out then they put in, scaling from very little value to significant value.
Hack by Rachel Happe on May 26, 2011
Get leaders truly working for their teams, rather than the other way around.
Hack by Leslie-Ann Bergstrom on September 21, 2010
Pretotypes are quick, cheap, revealed-preference tests to validate whether a breakthrough innovation is appealing to its market.  Pretotype tests occur immediately after a breakthrough idea is bo
Hack by Jeremy Clark on December 5, 2012
What will attract and keep management innovators in the MIX after the M-prize is awarded? How can we create a community that generates breakthroughs in management thinking and practice?
Hack by Erika Ilves on October 10, 2010
'What's in it for me?' - an uncomfortable question sometimes, but always a real concern for individuals.
In modern societies, job precarity has become more and more the norm.
Hack by IMD MBA Group 2 on November 7, 2010
The truth – you can’t handle the truth’ bellows the colonel in the aptly named film ‘A Few Good Men’.  But the sentiment isn’t restrict
Hack by Mark Young on December 22, 2010
Bring the ideas of integrative (not competitive) negotiation to bear as you lead daily and large-scale organizational activities.
Hack by Terri Griffith on June 29, 2011
Money-back offer – almost all products in the retail segment carry thistag.
Hack by Madhusudan Rao on August 16, 2010

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