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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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Unilever is the second largest FMCG company in the world, with a huge environmental and social footprint.  We are committed to growing in all our markets, but believe that growth and sustainabili
Story by Thomas Lingard on May 11, 2012
The goal of any business  is to make profits: "The business of business is business." In this game, the important thing is the bottom line, so we can too often sacrifice all else in pursuit of th
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Hack by Heidi De Wolf on July 17, 2013
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Hack by Andrew Jones on March 28, 2014
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Hack by Liam Carter on November 3, 2010
Base all aspects of work on one simple principle: "Attend to folks' needs". When everyone is onboard with this principle, everthing else simply falls into place.
Hack by Bob Marshall on October 31, 2013
The conventional explanation highlights issues of competence, management oversight, risk management and governance.
Hack by Jeyastin Caldwel on March 18, 2011

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