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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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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
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
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
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
Ask any Project Manager on the most critical factor for success in his project execution.
Hack by Madhusudan Rao on June 14, 2010
 Proposing a radical -- root-replacing -- potentially enduring transformation of business by embracing Web 2.0 people-respecting values and tools and harvesting their benefits
Hack by Robert Moore on June 29, 2011
What if you had a trade in program, where people buying an iPad 2 could trade in their iPad 1 and it would be donated to Public Schools. The iPads are virtually new, less than a year old.&nbs
Hack by Mark McDonald on March 4, 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

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