Avoid These Traps and LOL for Peak Performance

The Practical Leader

Managers must LOL — lead out loud — if they are going to bring about culture change and shift behavior for higher levels of customer service, quality, safety, productivity, or innovation. In their classic bestseller, In Search of Excellence , Tom Peters and Bob Waterman popularized their finding that effective leaders spend huge amounts of time managing by wandering around (MBWA) with customers, suppliers, and staff.

Closing Your Company’s “Leadership Gap”

Michael Lee Stallard

Tom Peters and Robert Waterman called it “management by wandering around” or “MBWA” in their classic book In Search of Excellence. Because they didn’t address these leadership gaps, cynicism and disengagement developed among the people they were responsible for leading and it eventually sabotaged performance. Employee engagement surveys were developed to help address the challenge of identifying leadership gaps.

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Category Creation Is the Ultimate Growth Strategy

Harvard Business Review

The innovation came about because Laird aspired to surf a deepwater reef break on the north shore of Maui called Peahi, or Jaws, where waves can reach 120 feet high. Having grown up in Hawaii, I have the utmost respect for Laird as a waterman. But coffee has seen other innovations, too. Category creation requires innovation teams to re-think their role beyond just creating new products and services. Disruptive innovation Entrepreneurship Innovation Starbucks

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Why “Company Culture” Is a Misleading Term

Harvard Business Review

Waterman’s In Search of Excellence , that praised the unique management structure and corporate culture of computer then-giant Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). Peters and Waterman’s book spawned an entire industry in corporate culture consultants and an endless stream of books about corporate and organizational culture has followed right into the present. Kenneth Andersson.