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Six Rules to Simplify Work


Simplicity stems from decentralization of power. “ Most re-organization efforts either focus on hard stuff (processes, strategy, structure, KPI’s) or on soft stuff (culture, values, relationships, feelings).

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6 Ways Leaders Can Dial up the Level of Value in the Workplace

Michael Lee Stallard

Decentralize decision making. Many firms over the last hundred years decentralized decision making. Decentralization gained momentum when Peter Drucker persuaded Alfred P. to decentralize decision making at General Motors Corporation.

Frontline Festival: Leaders Give Pointers on Creating Connection

Let's Grow Leaders

Alli Polin of Break the Frame observes that teams are increasingly decentralized and leaders are challenged to create connection when face to face interaction is infrequent at best. Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival.

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Starfish vs Spiders


Morgan (2005) uses a great image of a spider-plant to describe the decentralization trend. Handy’s (1998) shamrock organization might provide the right blend of centralization and decentralization to make it worthwhile for for-profit companies. A company could be centralized on one-leaf and decentralized on another. Other than the optional PayPal payment system, the marketplace is completely decentralized.

How To Make Two Key Contradictions of Leadership Work For You

Terry Starbucker

There must be centralization to deliver decentralization. Then there is the really “bizarro&# contradiction of centralization/decentralization. It’s the moment of truth. That moment when all of what you’ve put into your leadership comes to fruition.

Indispensable Traits of a Collaborative Leader: Part 1


A collaborative team is the one where power is decentralized and everyone owns the final outcome. Being in a band is always a compromise. Provided that the balance is good, what you lose in compromise, you gain by collaboration. Mike Rutherford.

9 Reasons Your Leadership Development Program is Failing

Nathan Magnuson

Still others may revolve around an decentralized model (such as a mentoring program). A recent Bersin study reported that U.S. companies invest over $2,000 in leadership development initiatives per company leader. That’s great news. But is it worth the investment?

The 3 Stages of a Country Embracing Renewable Energy

Harvard Business Review

At the same time, we’re also seeing the decentralization of power production. While regulatory policy, implementation, and rollout may differ from country to country, decentralization typically encompasses three phases. This seems like the natural end-game for the broader decentralization patterns we’re observing. Many governments still hesitate to foster the transition to decentralized power generation structures.

Disorienting leadership

Managing Leadership

Certainly not of the sort that is practiced in the mission-oriented, highly decentralized, and dynamically shifting operating structures of the modern US military. Technorati Tags: US Air Force , military , collaboration , leader , follower , discipline , skill , courage , leadership , individual leadership , visionary , mission , decentralized , organization , perspective , followership , Presurfer , Economist , innovative , communication.

YESability: Driving Growth with Yes

Leading Blog

Then relies heavily on centralized control and specialization, whereas now relies heavily on decentralized autonomous action.” In a world that is moving from a global economy driven by mass production to one driven by mass customization—a now economy—the demand for mass ingenuity, mass engagement, and mass action, has never been greater. In Business at the Speed of Now , author John Bernard says that there must also be a shift in the way we manage our organizations.

Happiness and Hierarchies


That rigid hierarchies inhibit innovation and for organizations to have a competitive advantage, they need to decentralize and move to flatter hierarchies. One of the developing branches of psychology is the study of happiness: positive psychology.

What Blockchain Means for the Sharing Economy

Harvard Business Review

Today we are moving toward a new model of increasingly decentralized organizations, where large operators are responsible for aggregating the resources of multiple people to provide a service to a much more active group of consumers. Blockchain facilitates the exchange of value in a secure and decentralized manner, without the need for an intermediary. But the most revolutionary aspect of blockchain technology is that it can run software in a secure and decentralized manner.

“Leadership is Marketing” – Peter Drucker Said What?

Tanveer Naseer

Byrne’s list of Drucker’s major accomplishments included: Introducing the idea of decentralization, a concept that became basic to every large organization in the world. The following is a guest post by William A. Cohen. Peter F. Drucker was a genius. Unlike Sir Isaac Newton he didn’t choose to spend his time observing that an apple fell down rather than up. Nor did he ponder on the inner workings and hidden mechanisms of the human mind as did Sigmund Freud.

The Promise of Blockchain Is a World Without Middlemen

Harvard Business Review

Blockchain experts call this “decentralization.” ” Decentralization offers the promise of nearly friction-free cooperation between members of complex networks that can add value to each other by enabling collaboration without central authorities and middle men. The decentralization that blockchain provides would change that, which could have huge possible impacts for economies in the developing world.

Is the Flattened Firm Falling Flat?


In addition, rather than decentralizing the structure of the organization, flattening usually results in a drastic centralization. Wolf’s research implies that flattening alone is an insufficient strategy for reducing costs or decentralizing decision making. For the past few decades, the business press and management consultants have pushed for large organizations to flatten their structure. Recent research, however, may be taking some of the wind out of their sails.

Do You Speak the Language of Performance Driven Execution?

N2Growth Blog

The distance to the event horizon is not measured in conventional units of distance; rather it is a proposed reiterative cycle that is expressed as a result of maneuver warfare principles as a practical model used to make the best decisions that shapes how people, teams, organizations and environments behave based on seven guiding principles: targeting critical vulnerabilities, boldness, surprise, focus, decentralized decision-making, tempo and combined arms. By Damian D.

Why the U.S. Is Still Richer Than Every Other Large Country

Harvard Business Review

We also have a decentralized banking system, including more than 7,000 small banks , that provides loans to entrepreneurs. A decentralized political system in which states compete. The United States is perhaps unique among high-income nations in its degree of political decentralization. Each year, the United States produces more per person than most other advanced economies. In 2015 real GDP per capita was $56,000 in the United States.

4 Lessons from the Toyota Crisis

Leading Blog

And there is a balance to strike balance between centralized and decentralized, local and global that is not easy. “Crisis response must start by building a strong culture long before the crisis hits,” say Jeffrey Liker and Tim Ogden, authors of Toyota Under Fire. Turning crisis into opportunity is all about culture. It’s not about PR strategies, or charismatic leadership, or vision, or any specific action by any individual.

Case Study: Adopting a Deming Management System in a Service Company

Deming Institute

Mason’s inability (or unwillingness) to decentralize and drive decision-making authority down to lower levels of the organization was probably a key factor in stagnation of the TQM effort at the operating level of the company.

In Defense of Hierarchies


Whether they promote flat, matrixed, open or decentralized organizations the message is the same: hierarchies are out-dated and need to be scrapped. There is a growing trend among organizational consultants and gurus toward democratic workplaces. The case is compelling. The evidence, however, isn’t as strong as many assert.

7 CEO Success Tips – How To Be A Better Leader

N2Growth Blog

They must be willing to decentralize their decision?making By Damian D. “Skipper” Pitts. Chair, Organizational Development, N2Growth. By now, we all know that leadership is tough, hard, exciting and demanding. But, at the same time, what most people learn the hard way is that it is not a short drive in the beautiful countryside.

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Future Leadership

Marshall Goldsmith

Issues such as globalization, decentralization, and the rapid pace of today’s marketplace have forced companies to evaluate the way they operate. The need for executive education is apparent. Key questions include: how can we learn from today’s best practitioners to understand the trends and challenges that will become the norm in the future? Are there “best” ways to develop current and future leaders? How will we pick our leaders?

Centralized Decision Making Helps Kill Bad Products

Harvard Business Review

Thus, centralized firms more quickly rid themselves of unsuccessful products – almost twice as fast as their more decentralized peers. Therefore, decentralized firms may have delegated termination decisions to a product manager, to whom the underperforming product might look satisfactory, centralized firms are more sanguine and ready to pull. Our research also made clear that decentralized handset makers gave product managers great freedom to make decisions.

The Real Reason the German Labor Market Is Booming

Harvard Business Review

This is due largely to the fact that the German economy went through an unprecedented process of decentralization of wage bargaining during the 1990s. During the 1990s employers and workers started using the wage-setting system differently, and that led to an unprecedented decentralization. Those reforms were implemented starting in 2003, nearly a decade after the process of wage decentralization and increases in competitiveness had begun in Germany.

The Unusual Project Continues


The decentralization of the Apache tribal leadership. Spanish versus Mexican administration. Jesuits versus Franciscans. The Gadsden Purchase. An important Confederate map. A gold strike. 850 miles of canals. Italian stone masons. Texas muleskinners. Floods in Phoenix.

Transforming a Management System – A Case Study From the Madison Wisconsin Police Department

Curious Cat

The first step in achieving the vision of a decentralized, citizen-focused police service. Field operations are decentralized into four areas of the city – central, south, east, north and west.

How Utilities Are Using Blockchain to Modernize the Grid

Harvard Business Review

Such a decentralized energy system would be capable of delivering efficient, reliable, and, in many cases, renewable energy. If they can seize the moment, centralized incumbents may turn out to be the true disruptors, ushering in a new era of decentralized power. In New York state, neighbors are testing their ability to sell solar energy to one another using blockchain technology.

The New World of Beta Curation

Strategy Driven

The other, smaller and rarer, is decentralized, horizontal, and inclusive. Today’s American corporate world is a tale of two cultures. One, more traditional and common, is centralized and hierarchical. I call it Alpha. I call this one Beta.

How to Expedite Innovation: Communication Loops & Red-Tape-Worms

Create Learning

Excessive ‘decentralization’ or ‘centralization’. If you are a manager you know that challenges can be overcome by solid people and systems. Below is from the Exponent Leadership Process – Created to make you the reason people continue great work and stay with your company.

Case Study: Is Holacracy for Us?

Harvard Business Review

But the decentralization debate was different. Rogier knew Derek’s position—but he had gone to an executive training course on holacracy in Las Vegas and had come back so fired up that he was now pushing for self-managed teams at headquarters and complete decentralization at the country level. “He’s calling it ‘holacracy,’” she said, “but that’s still just decentralizing, which we can’t do any further.

The Blockchain Will Do to Banks and Law Firms What the Internet Did to Media

Harvard Business Review

Like the internet, this technology is designed to be decentralized, with “layers,” where each layer is defined by an interoperable open protocol on top of which companies, as well as individuals, can build products and services. We might best understand Bitcoin as a microcosm of how a new, decentralized, and automated financial system could work. Even years into the deployment of the internet, many believed that it was still a fad.

Blockchain Could Help Artists Profit More from Their Creative Works

Harvard Business Review

His vision is to decentralize the entertainment industry so that creative individuals can profit from the films, videos, games, and art they help to make. He expects decentralization to “realize a world that utilizes the greatest potential of every person.” Anyone who follows the cultural industries — art, music, publishing, theater, cinema — knows of the tussles between artists and those who feed off of their talents.

How Blockchain Applications Will Move Beyond Finance

Harvard Business Review

While trading and speculation were early use cases of bitcoin, new technologies, such as Ethereum and Zcash, have emerged, with Zcash providing a higher degree of privacy than bitcoin, and Ethereum offering a powerful development platform for smart contracts and decentralized applications, with the power to transform everything from predictive applications to job and energy markets to hedge funds and decentralized cloud services.

Who Controls the Blockchain?

Harvard Business Review

To protect this vision from political pressure and regulatory interference, blockchain networks rely on a decentralized infrastructure that can’t be controlled by any one person or group. Short for decentralized autonomous organization , a DAO is software designed to manage the fiduciary obligations of holding and disbursing blockchain assets without any human involvement.

The Changing Rules of Trust in the Digital Age

Harvard Business Review

The DNA of “peer trust” is built on opposite characteristics – micro, bottom-up, decentralized, flowing and personal. During a recent stay at the Disney Swan hotel in Florida, I confess I did something in the bathroom I have done many times before.

What It’s Like to Be Owned by Berkshire Hathaway

Harvard Business Review

Berkshire Hathaway is known for its extreme decentralization. DAVE WHEELER FOR HBR. Warren Buffett is rightfully admired for his investment record as chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, which has outperformed the S&P 500 Index by more than 10% annually during his 50-year tenure.

3 Values of Teamwork

Ron Edmondson

Here are 3 reasons I personally prefer a team approach for this function of our church: Decentralized control - With one person in charge, if that person gets sick, moves, or decides he or she gets tired and quits, the whole church would suffer.

Alphabet Isn’t a Typical Conglomerate

Harvard Business Review

By allowing it to attract experts and retain with enticements of growth stocks, Alphabet’s decentralized financial structure may help it in this regard. HBR STAFF.

6 Myths About Empowering Employees

Harvard Business Review

The highest performing teams in the military perform in highly decentralized, and empowered ways. When Dr. Stephen R. Covey visited the nuclear powered submarine I commanded, the USS Santa Fe, he told me it was the “most empowering workplace he’d ever seen.”

Successful Leadership Is Not One Size Fits All

Coaching Tip

One can hardly imagine a decentralized decision- making process in his operations. By Guest Author Art Gould. When a giant like Google changes management styles, we ought to take notice.