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Humanize the language of business

“The noblest human ideals must become the noblest business ideals.”

The goals of management are usually described using words like “efficiency,” “advantage,” “value,” “superiority,” “focus,” and “differentiation.” Important as these objectives are, they lack the power to rouse human hearts. To create organizations that are almost human in their capacity to adapt, innovate, and engage, management pioneers must find ways to infuse even the most mundane business activities with deeper, soul-stirring ideals and to develop an authentically homegrown vocabulary for communicating their ambitions. How you talk reflects how you think (and how your organization works). If you want to inspire people to extraordinary accomplishment, the language of honor, truth, love, justice, and beauty can no longer be relegated to the fringes of management discourse and action.

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Humanize the language of business

“The noblest human ideals must become the noblest business ideals.”

The goals of management are usually described using words like “efficiency,” “advantage,” “value,” “superiority,” “focus,” and “differentiation.” Important as these objectives are, they lack the power to rouse human hearts. To create organizations that are almost human in their capacity to adapt, innovate, and engage, management pioneers must find ways to infuse even the most mundane business activities with deeper, soul-stirring ideals and to develop an authentically homegrown vocabulary for communicating their ambitions. How you talk reflects how you think (and how your organization works). If you want to inspire people to extraordinary accomplishment, the language of honor, truth, love, justice, and beauty can no longer be relegated to the fringes of management discourse and action.

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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
I like those disclaimers at the beginning of every rated R movie. This movie is rated R as it contains graphic images, profanity, and may be disturbing to some viewers.
Hack by bari dzomba on April 2, 2013
Bring at work your best values that characterize your relations with your children, your parents or with your best friends to build an open and creative climate, make your customers happy and create a
Hack by Luca Vignali on March 20, 2012
Migros is the largest retailer in Switzerland. The company has been always intimately involved in the country's social, communal and economic affairs.
For a large corporate company, to become an innovative company, the involvement of the employees is an important key to success. Old school corporate communication is not sufficient anymore.
Hack by Ad van Dongen on February 27, 2016
Often managers talk about resources when they mean people. And managersallocate resources to projects and tasks instead of people.
Barrier by Frank Schwab on May 15, 2010
The World may well be on a trajectory which alters it's environment such that it is prematurely unsustainable for human-kind to exist.
Hack by Greg Stevenson on May 26, 2011
This hack is about growing collective knowledge and potential in a way that is fit for human purpose. I refer  to some work I did with an international group of health pr
Hack by Andres Roberts on July 27, 2011
Replace performance management with a system of feedback loops that simultaneously empowers and inspires employees to be their absolute best.
Hack by Ben Biddle on October 22, 2012
Co-Authored By Rajal Sood

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