Bureaucracy's Management Tax

Execupundit

Writing in Fortune , Gary Hamel on why bureaucracy must die. An excerpt: Today, few organizations seem to be able to out-run change for more than a few years at a time.

"Bureaucrats take on bureaucracy"

Execupundit

"Lorna Fong, who retired after 34 years handling state human resources, led the team on a mission to suggest which of the state’s 3,666 job titles could be whacked, which could be rewritten and which should be kept and consolidated.

On Leadership and Bureaucracy

Linked 2 Leadership

In bureaucracy the hierarchy is typically very complex with many levels providing a highly differentiated structure of authority. Future Leadership Issues Leadership Assessments Leadership Lessons Learned Leading Change Organizational Health bureaucracy at work business corporate politics leadership ManagementIn the private sector, if people don’t work productively, their businesses will go bankrupt.

The Bureaucracy Battle

Execupundit

What amazes me is how many good civil servants stick it out, and deliver needed services despite work conditions that constantly trip them up. They deserve medals. But they’re not proof of a working system, but of the extraordinary strength of human character.

Improve customer service: Eliminate bureaucracy!

Bernd Geropp

Avoid Bureaucracy! I hate bureaucracy. I fall into a sense of helplessness when I think about bureaucracies. What are you doing to make sure that bureaucracy does not get a foothold in your company? Photo: ginasanders/ Resource: www.bigstock.com.

"Harry Potter and the Half-Crazed Bureaucracy"

Execupundit

This was posted here before but it bears repeating. From 2006: The memorable law review article by Benjamin H. Barton. [HT: HT: Instapundit

EBM: Bureaucracy

LDRLB

Bureaucracy is used so often in such negative terms, most who use it forget its roots. Bureaucracy in its ideal sense, according to its most influential thought leader Max Weber, can be a positive term. At the time, the ideal bureaucracy was a more rational and efficient form of organization than the available alternatives. Each of these seven principles must be present for a bureaucracy to function efficiently. Leadership bureaucracy weber

Demography, Bureaucracy, and the Decline of Europe

Execupundit

The gravity of Europe’s demographic situation became clear at a conference I attended in Singapore last year. Dieter Salomon , the green mayor of the environmentally correct Freiburg, Germany, was speaking about the future of cities. When asked what Germany’s future would be like in 30 years, he answered, with a little smile, ”There won’t be a future.” Read the rest of Joel Kotkin's column here

The Tangled Path | A Look at Government Regulation

Lead Change Blog

In this video, John tells the tale of two typical Americans, Tom and Irene, as they attempt to tangle their way through bureaucracy. Leadership Development bureaucracy government Leadership regulationPosted in Leadership Development [link] This is a video by Instigator John M Bernard about the problems caused by the growth of government regulation. John asserts that unless we refocus on citizen outcomes, and clean up the mess, our American [.].

3 Ways to Actually Help Your Team (and Yourself!)

Lead Change Blog

Leadership Development bureaucracy empower help Problem Solving Servant LeadershipPosted in Leadership Development [link] “No Way!” ” I was working with a leader whose team was struggling. They were frustrated, felt like their leader did not care, and were dealing with the same problems over and over. I suggested that the next time a team member addressed one of these issues he ask a simple question: “How can I help?” ” [.].

Tangible Recognition of Company Values

Tony Mayo

I needed get free of their bureaucracy to focus on running my business. To his credit, however, he did go back the next day to apologize and be absolved, thus demonstrating one of the the oldest rules of bureaucracy.

Five Reasons Why the Talent Leaves

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is a brief commentary from Berrett-Koehler, the publisher of a new book that I highly recommend. In Make Talent Your Business: How Exceptional Managers Develop People While Getting Results, Wendy Axelrod and Jeannie Coyle’s explore how talent development can best be facilitated by the managers with whom the “talented and gifted&# work every day. [.].

How strategic listening can engage employees in an open and realistic way

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob's blog entries “Enduring Ideas: The business system” “WeOrg: The freedom to choose" Gary Hamel’s Management Innovation eXchange (MIX) Harvard Business Review How strategic listening can engage employees in an open and realistic way McKinsey & Company Taking a realistic approach to budgeting The Beyond Bureaucracy Challenge the importance of engaging employees in an open and realistic way The Management 2.0

Innovating Around a Bureaucracy

Harvard Business Review

What do you do if you're a leader in a large, successful organization with an entrenched bureaucracy, and you see the need for innovation? The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), however, was successful in transforming its bureaucracy.

Bureaucracy Can Drain Your Company’s Energy. Agile Can Restore It.

Harvard Business Review

Believe it or not, bureaucracy was once a progressive innovation. The German sociologist Max Weber famously praised bureaucracy’s rationality and efficiencies. Use agile to free yourself and your teams from those iron cages of bureaucracy, then turn to releasing everyone else.

Bureaucracy Must Die

Harvard Business Review

This is the recipe for “bureaucracy,” the 150-year old mashup of military command structures and industrial engineering that constitutes the operating system for virtually every large-scale organization on the planet. It is the unchallenged tenets of bureaucracy that disable our organizations—that make them inertial, incremental and uninspiring. Bureaucracy is the technology of control. There’s no other way to put it: bureaucracy must die.

Bureaucracy Must Die

Harvard Business Review

This is the recipe for “bureaucracy,” the 150-year old mashup of military command structures and industrial engineering that constitutes the operating system for virtually every large-scale organization on the planet. It is the unchallenged tenets of bureaucracy that disable our organizations—that make them inertial, incremental and uninspiring. Bureaucracy is the technology of control. There’s no other way to put it: bureaucracy must die.

Top-Down Solutions Like Holacracy Won’t Fix Bureaucracy

Harvard Business Review

For all its enemies, bureaucracy is amazingly resilient. That makes bureaucracy the organizational equivalent of kudzu, the invasive, herbicide-resistant vine that has overrun thousands of acres of woodland in the American south. Why is bureaucracy so difficult to eradicate?

How to Stop People Who Bog Things Down with Bureaucracy

Harvard Business Review

Our research on the founder’s mentality suggests that energy vampires and the bureaucracies that spawn them are among the main reasons why many companies lose speed and their sense of mission as they grow. Companies are filled with energy vampires.

When Bureaucracy Is Actually Helpful, According to Research

Harvard Business Review

Bureaucracy” has become a catchall term for the many ways in which organizations squander workers’ potential. Employees perceive bureaucracy to be an immovable beast, blocking their path toward efficient, satisfying work lives. In both situations we found plentiful evidence of bureaucracy. We find that in these organizations, the experts have figured out how to make bureaucracy work for them. william bout/unsplash.

Bureaucracy is a Bogeyman

Harvard Business Review

The dictionary says bureaucracy is a means of coordinating activities through standardized rules and procedures. We might not like the idea of Italian bureaucracy very much, but it beats having Silvio Berlusconi in charge. And I always push back when they say bureaucracy is the problem. Bureaucracy is a convenient bogeyman, as it can mean anything that is bad about big companies.

14 Ideas for Busting Bureaucracy

Harvard Business Review

Everybody hates it, but so much of life is ruled by it: bureaucracy. That's why we launched the Beyond Bureaucracy Challenge. Here is the complete list of Beyond Bureaucracy Challenge finalists (in alphabetical order): WeOrg: The Freedom to Choose. Cutting through Big Blue Tape: Using Collective Passion to Scissor Bureaucracy at IBM. It's time to bust up the ideology of control that has infiltrated every aspect of organizational life.

Quote of the Day

Execupundit

In a bureaucracy, the only thing more important than conformity is income. Russell Ackoff

Soft But Lethal

Execupundit

Bureaucracy. Whims. Interruptions. Sarcasm. Haste. Perfectionism. Indiscretion. Hubris. Manipulation. Cowardice. Confusion. Sloth. Pride. Isolation. Prejudice. Ignorance

What We Learned About Bureaucracy from 7,000 HBR Readers

Harvard Business Review

We recently asked members of the HBR community to gauge the extent of “bureaucratic sclerosis” within their organization using our Bureaucracy Mass Index (BMI) tool. Here are our initial takeaways: The blight of bureaucracy seems inescapable. On our scale, a score of 60 represents a moderate degree of bureaucratic drag, while anything less than 40 indicates a relative absence of bureaucracy. Bureaucracy is growing not shrinking. Bureaucracy is a time trap.

Bureaucracy Is Keeping Health Care from Getting Better

Harvard Business Review

In a recent article , Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini detail the toll that growing bureaucracy is taking across industries. Many of those working in the consolidating health care industry will immediately validate several of the authors’ key findings, including: Bureaucracy is growing, not shrinking. Hamel and Zanini declare that there is “no map to disassembling bureaucracy.” Kelvin Murray/Getty Images.

Break Though Your Mental Bureaucracy

Harvard Business Review

These two self-images can coincide because the manager compartmentalizes his life, creating what I call a "mental bureaucracy.". To what extent do you compartmentalize ? Or rather, do you ever put things into categories to understand them? Psychologists define compartmentalization as a defense mechanism that we use to avoid the anxiety that arises from the clash of contradictory values or emotions.

Sometimes Good

Execupundit

Micromanagement Indecision Isolation Interruptions Impatience Indifference Inner circles Competition Limited funds Crisis Tight deadlines Complaints Bureaucracy Ignorance Turnover

What It Takes to Innovate Within a Corporate Bureaucracy

Harvard Business Review

“This stuff makes my skin look like chalk.” ” That was 13-year-old Balanda Atis’s immediate reaction when she looked at herself in the mirror.

How I Led Change in the U.S. State Department Bureaucracy

Harvard Business Review

Department of State is a seriously big bureaucracy. My experience as a digital leader in the Obama administration confirmed my optimism that change can come to large bureaucracies. Leading change in any large organization is hard, and the U.S. Until early November, I helped lead a relatively small (400-person) bureau within it. Witnessing both failure and success in government, I saw three common elements required to realize positive organizational change.

Quote of the Day

Execupundit

The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is its inefficiency. Eugene McCarthy

Who's Moving Their Company Beyond Bureaucracy?

Harvard Business Review

We are delighted to announce the winners of the Beyond Bureaucracy Challenge , the second leg of the HBR/McKinsey M-Prize for Management Innovation. We asked some big questions in our quest to bust bureaucracy: What does it mean to build an organization in which everyone is aligned and inspired by a deeply-felt sense of purpose? Together, we can move beyond bureaucracy to a more human, resilient, inventive, and inspiring form of organization.

Ant Story

Execupundit

A story of an ant and a bureaucracy. This doesn't only apply to government.] [HT: HT: Instapundit.com

The Downfall Of Status Quo

Eric Jacobson

Today's leadership thought: "Status quo breeds mediocrity, calcifies bureaucracy, cripples progress, and hampers changeability," explains Shawn Murphy in his new book, The Optimistic Workplace.

The Proven Path to T.R.U.S.T.

Leadership Freak

Bureaucracy. Everything takes longer when you don’t trust those around you. Mistrust doubles the cost of doing business. Professor John Whitney, Columbia Business School. 5 qualities of low trust organizations: Redundancy. Politics. Disengagement.… … Continue reading → Author Book Notes Courage Leading Taking others higher Culture Judith Glaser Leadership Development leadership success Organizational Development

Workplace Ball and Chain List

Execupundit

Bureaucracy. Inertia. Complacency. Distrust. Disloyalty. Dishonesty. Confusion. Rudeness. Indecision. Interference. Manipulation. Cruelty. Cowardice. Castes. Rumor. Indiscretion. Greed. Ignorance. Arrogance. Sloth.

Saying Yes is Harder than Saying No

Leadership Freak

Weak leaders hide behind bureaucracy and love making people beg. Don’t pat yourself on the back if you’re skilled at saying no and lousy at saying yes. The more times you say no, the more… Continue reading → Courage Curiosity Decisions Innovation Leading Questions Success Taking others higher Culture Growth Leadership Development organizational success

Quote of the Day

Execupundit

Bureaucracy. In America, bureaucracy has become the fourth branch of government, threatening to emasculate each of the other three - executive, legislative, and judicial - the while it lies like a heavy blanket over society, suffocating more and more of the freedoms and rights the Constitution was framed to protect. This is the new despotism.

How to Create Smart Organizations

Leadership Freak

Bureaucracy, fear, lethargy, lousy leaders, and antiquated systems make… Continue reading → Author Book Notes Innovation Leading Success Growth Leadership Development organizational success Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win one of twenty-five copies of, ”The Idea-Driven Organization,” by Alan Robinson and Dean Schroeder.

Quote of the Day

Execupundit

From where I sit, I've seen any number of businesses where a star has built a business and has no successor, doesn't perpetuate himself or herself, and it becomes a bureaucracy. Peter Drucker

How to Influence Change When Employees are Represented by a Union

Change Starts Here

From a management perspective, they are often seen as increasing expenses, adding bureaucracy, and stifling improvements – not great conditions for implementing change. Trade and labor unions traditionally organize workers in search of better wages, benefits, and employment conditions.

The RFP

Execupundit

The RFP process is bureaucracy on stilts Cultural Offering has a sharp post on an RFP that will get many a business executive and manager shouting.

Quote of the Day

Execupundit

The real test is whether we are going to have an efficient, program-oriented department or just another federal bureaucracy run by a group of people with their feet caught in their underwear. John Phillips