Why Everyone's Working So Hard

Marshall Goldsmith

While IBM would always fire employees for ethical violations, almost no one was fired because of poor performance. In today's competitive world, job security for managers and professionals seems a distant dream. Overall, the professional work ethic has increased in a world where the value of performing can bring greater rewards, while the cost of nonperformance can bring severe and immediate punishment. Global Competition In the 1950s managers and professionals in the U.S.

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Sustainable Leadership and Organizations: The Ideas of Martin Seligman

Michael Lee Stallard

2 Comments so far william czander on May 31st, 2010 Happiness coaches are part of the great conspiracy that began some 20 years ago when CEO’s , hedge fund managers and bankers discovered if they outsourced jobs to China and India it would increase the bottom line and they would all get rich. If they could not outsource they discovered another way.


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Book Review: The Pursuit of Something Better

Lead on Purpose

In the late 1990s and early 2000s the word “virtual&# became associated with outsourcing jobs to other countries, so Jack changed the name of his program to “dynamic organization&# and implemented the program at US Cellular. In a world where many executives cut corners and provide scanty people leadership, “US Cellular has proven that adhering to high ethical standards is a competitive advantage in a marketplace that is starved for a little basic human decency.&#

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Can Lean Manufacturing Put an End to Sweatshops?

Harvard Business

Conventional wisdom holds that improving working conditions (which typically costs money) would undermine the competitive advantage these firms enjoy. However, our research suggests that outsourcing production is not inexorably tied to poor workplace conditions. When facing tension between competitive and ethical sourcing, multinationals should consider a “high road” approach to the supply chain: investing in new managerial practices and worker skills.

The Future of Leadership Development

Great Leadership By Dan

The challenge for business schools will be that most of their faculty don’t have coaching expertise and credentials, so when it’s outsourced, it’s often not fully integrated into the program. This new business model will require a different model of leadership development – one that pays more attention to ethics, the environment, how decisions impact the community and society, and human rights.

The Big Picture of Business – Planning and Budgeting in Downsized Times

Strategy Driven

Under the rules of supply chain dynamics, one must study your supplier relationships, formalize a plan of outsourcing and develop collaborations. Diagnose a competitively disadvantaging problem or an unrealized opportunity for competitive advantage. Prescribe a more competitively advantaged outcome. Goal attainment leads to ethical behavior. Getting the funds that you need from tight fisted management is an ongoing process.

How IBM's Sam Palmisano Redefined the Global Corporation

Harvard Business Review

This meant abandoning IBM's existing organization, in which product silos and geographic entities operated independently and frequently were more competitive than collaborative. These relationships were essential in gaining the confidence of customers who had qualms about outsourcing to IBM. He turned that problem into competitive advantage by relocating most of IBM's software operations to India as its Indian operations grew from 3,000 to 100,000 employees.