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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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This story features Hero Arts, a 38-year old design company that manufactures decorative stamp products for the global craft market.   A family business, Hero Arts is recognized by customers
Story by Aaron Leventhal on May 11, 2012
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
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Story by John Baldzicki on May 11, 2012
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Story by Andrés Hatum on June 16, 2011
What if the majority of the companies where for growth but not for profit maximization? The motive behind entrepreneurship will be the social incentive and not endless accumulation.
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
In this article I make an inventory of my observations on HR. I cannot avoid concluding that HR can’t get any worse than it is today.
Barrier by Luc Galoppin on August 24, 2011
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Hack by Frederic J.Leconte on November 12, 2014

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