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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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I was at the time working for a World Bank Mission in a remote country. It was one of these weird things when you feel like you are in a glass bowl or something.
Story by Bernhard Sterchi on June 3, 2019
In any organization, we need to start at the top and work our way down-and figure out a way to give everyone respect, give them the training they need, give them something that's going to motivate the
Hack by John Heston on March 3, 2011
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Hack by Amit Mohapatro on May 2, 2012
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Story by Amit Namjoshi on February 21, 2014
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Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on September 17, 2015
Workload (and thus needed workforce) will drop due to technology and automation, so what society are we tending to ? Will there be room for prosperity? For Capitalism ? For trade ?
Hack by Jimmy Van de Putte on May 9, 2012
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Hack by Mohammad Oli Ahad on July 17, 2011
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Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on April 12, 2016
So often, we set our company policies with a desire to balance customer interests against our own. But what if we designed a company to be completely customer focused?
Story by Michael Wilkes on November 11, 2011

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