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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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66 Hacks
7 Barriers

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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First line managers have a tough role to play. Too soft and you are a push over. Too hard and you are a jerk. Either extreme is a problem.
Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on June 6, 2015
Are you sick of having to follow unintuitive processes, which you don't really understand, when making recruitment decisions?
Hack by Simon Hearsey on September 28, 2012
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Hack by Daniele Pigni on November 27, 2018
Many companies have little budget for organizational development due to economic climate, and employee disengagement is at an all time high.
Hack by Sharon Siegel on January 20, 2011
Human systems are symbolic systems (as opposed to mechanical systems and organic systems). Human structures are integrated from a purpose that gives "meaning" to their daily activities.
Hack by Marcelo Manucci on February 1, 2014
 Global economy grow it's based on local competences and capacity to sell it out of their boundaries. (Like M.
Customer service professionals nurture a company’s most important assets – its customers –, but they are also some of its lowest paid employees.
Hack by Marton Jojarth on June 12, 2015
By reconsidering the idea of a 'job creation program', individuals in a low income public housing area were able to take on the level of responsibility they were comfortable with, learn new skills and
Story by Martin Butcher on October 28, 2011
Retention of people who think differently is tricky in traditional-thinking organisations where traditional-thinking managers continuously recruit into their own image.
Barrier by Heidi De Wolf on May 3, 2013

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