Tag: Management

Innovative “Clouds” on the Organizational Horizon

Ever wonder why organizational leaders cling to old ways of doing business? I did the other day while looking at my desk, equipped with a 1-week-old Motorola XOOM, a wireless keyboard, and some scattered whiteboard markers. I found myself questioning why organizations tend to be reluctant about technological innovations, like “cloud computing,” when its tools… Read more »

21st-century Management Needs a History Lesson

This is the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War’s beginning – and recent political events brought this painfully to my awareness.  As Donald Trump celebrated forcing the president of the United States show his birth certificate, I read a blog by Goldie Taylor titled “Why Obama shouldn’t have had to show his papers,” which… Read more »

VSM: The Most Valuable Organizational Chart You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Among the luminaries of Organizational Development, Stafford Beer’s contributions are many and relevant today.  Perhaps it’s not a coincidence that cybernetician was both the least academic of his peer group and one that put his methods into practice on a grand scale. If you’re not familiar with his work, you should be:  his most notable… Read more »

Who’s a Stakeholder?

Early in my consulting career I had the opportunity to assist one of our most senior consultants on  a substantial project. My company had been asked to support the restructuring of a global Fortune 100 consumer products goods company. The company had decided to centralize the technology function by creating a shared services structure. Essentially,… Read more »

Is Radical Management Really so Radical?

At first glance Steven Denning’s new book struck me as offering revolutionary suggestions to organizational life-as-we-know-it: after all, it’s called The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management: Reinventing the Workplace.  The workplace certainly needs to be reinvented—and Denning is a well-known author who has worked with many large organizations. Recently he and I teamed up to… Read more »

The First Lesson of Effective 21st-century Leadership: Stop Being the Boss

As a leader and entrepreneur I often want people to do as I say and not give me their opinion or disagree. So often we’d get through things much faster and I that way. But I try not to give in to that easy solution because I’ve learned, time and time again, that without my… Read more »