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Transcend traditional management trade-offs

“Managers must embrace rather than dodge the need to manage paradox.”

Organizational success in the years ahead will hinge on the ability of employees at all levels to manage seemingly irreconcilable trade-offs—between short-term earnings and long-term growth, competition and collaboration, structure and emergence, discipline and freedom. Traditional systems rely on crude, universal policies that favor certain goals at the expense of others. Tomorrow’s systems must encourage healthy competition between opposing objectives and enable frontline employees to dynamically optimize key trade-offs.

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Transcend traditional management trade-offs

“Managers must embrace rather than dodge the need to manage paradox.”

Organizational success in the years ahead will hinge on the ability of employees at all levels to manage seemingly irreconcilable trade-offs—between short-term earnings and long-term growth, competition and collaboration, structure and emergence, discipline and freedom. Traditional systems rely on crude, universal policies that favor certain goals at the expense of others. Tomorrow’s systems must encourage healthy competition between opposing objectives and enable frontline employees to dynamically optimize key trade-offs.

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Retire-a-Little is a program that gives employees the chance to buy back one day a week so they can spend that time on other activities that are important to them.
Hack by Ricardo Semler on December 22, 2011
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Hack by Amit Mohapatro on May 2, 2012
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Hack by Heidi De Wolf on July 17, 2013
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Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on June 6, 2015
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Hack by Sharon Siegel on January 20, 2011
The management religion of PROCESS re-engineering has led to the rationale of splitting “front office” from "back office" functions  with the outsourcing and off-shoring of "non core" functions.Y
Hack by Lorne Mitchell on September 23, 2011
I propose that the transformation of the 20th century into the 21st be the Age of Answers to the Age of Questions.  While answers are important, it’s more important to know what qu
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Hack by Frederic J.Leconte on October 17, 2014

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