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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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There's a limit to Web 2.0 that shows up in all of its uses, including the M Prize process: it doesnt really produce effective new management systems that will work, just islands of good practice and
Hack by Michael F Kelly on July 18, 2011
Leaders need to teach their teams to surf.  Our thoughts about organizations are obsolete.
Hack by Rick Hansen on March 24, 2012
Can capitalism be hacked to create homes for children who  live either in institutions or on the streets and in sewers?On Valentines Day, February 14th 2006, Terry Hallman met with EveryChild in
Hack by Jeff Mowatt on July 26, 2012
Forget Taylor's scientific principles, reinvent new, simple, easy to understand principles that fit to the new era we're entering.
Hack by Louis Dietvorst on December 20, 2011
Whenever we can become the change we seek, that day's a sheer honor, and it happened to me quite recently!
Hack by Ellen Weber on December 7, 2010
A few years back I had the opportunity to do a business simulation game and step into the shoes of the CEO of a Fortune 100 company for a couple of days.
Hack by Olivier Lavergne on November 30, 2010
One of the most incredible initiatives in terms of organizational transformation I've ever seen is the one carried out by groups all over the world like Pallapuas (hospital clowns).
Story by Francisco Boerr on May 6, 2010
Some of you may know the renowned photographer, Yann Arthus Bertrand. He is particularly famous for his series of shots of "the earth viewed from the sky".
Story by Olivier Lavergne on November 30, 2010
PIF stands for Pay it ForwardThe Wikipedia link talks about the concept and has a link to the movie that was made as well.Why not introduce this concept to Managers within organizations?
Hack by Madhusudan Rao on August 23, 2010
It goes without saying that an efficient workplace leads to a more successful business.
Story by Cassidy Hennigan on December 18, 2017

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