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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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Managers in similar roles in a number of companies—for instance, Brand Executives in three non-competing enterprises—would be working for six months in each of these companies by rotation.
Hack by Mohammad Oli Ahad on July 17, 2011
The Bay Area Social Impact Collaboration Zone (BASIC-Z) solves community challenges by gathering ideas from many disparate sources and puts the best ones into practice. The goal is for a diversit
Hack by Bobby Fishkin on May 11, 2012
The world has changed. The problems that could be solved by Edison, Lister & Einstein have all been solved. Today's world needs collaboration of the best, not competition among the best.
Hack by Stephen Remedios on October 30, 2011
A positive future vision where we can welcome 9 billion people to a planet with a flourishing economy and environment.Utilising recognised market mechanisms, our ‘infinite economy’ hack recalibrates p
Hack by Joss Tantram on May 10, 2012
CORNERSTONES OF DEVELOPMENT The foundational paradox is that the "I" as spiritual person is not identical to the "I" as an individual in the world. Life and/or the world is fundamen
Imagine talent pools (local, regional or national) focused on "on-demand skills" run as public private partnerships, where companies, governments and colleges give access to education and jobs to indi
Hack by Juan F Suarez on March 5, 2012
If we are to close the sustainability gap – from the current consumption and production levels implicated in social and environmental injustice to a fairer, greener world – then we need transformative
Hack by Kumba Jallow on July 17, 2011
Human resources departments are a major barrier to getting the right people on the bus, motivating people, helping people grow into their natural talents, and getting things done.
Barrier by John D Chovan on December 1, 2010

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