Leading Views: Good Poker Players Know When to Fold

Leading Blog

In Adhocracy , Robert Waterman notes that “Bureaucracy gets us through the day; it deals efficiently with everyday problems. Waterman explains: Stud poker is a good metaphor for this process. In stud poker, as in product development or any other ad hoc work, you don’t know whether you have a winner until the last card has been played. Managers often don’t—for several reasons: First, they don’t bother to break big projects up into bite-sized chunks.

Avoid These Traps and LOL for Peak Performance

The Practical Leader

You may have a heart of gold — but so does a hard-boiled egg.&# Way too many managers confuse intentions, plans, and declarations with actions. 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. You and your managers cannot set bold new directions and then delegate their implementation. Managing by Muddling Around.


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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. In every instance, however, I observed several managers in their organizations who were masters at kissing up and kicking down. The organizations would perform even better if they knew and addressed the managers in their organizations who were not leading well. In some cases, the managers have blind spots that are holding them back.

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10 Gifts For You To Succeed In 2011.

Rich Gee Group

He not only develops and publishes the bible on “Book Yourself Solid”, in it, he links to a workbook which is a very powerful way for one to really LEARN his techniques. Peters and Waterman — “In Search of Excellence”. Next post: Developing The CEO Within You. home about rich our team news our fans services executive coach business coach speaking inspire media knowledge books affiliates contact Rich Gee Group 203.500.2421 10 Gifts For You To Succeed In 2011.

A Moment of Reflection on 50 Years

The Center For Leadership Studies

There were no lists of training professionals you could purchase with up-to-date contact information for the person making leadership and management training decisions. That course became a best-selling text book (“Management of Organizational Behavior”). By 1983, there was certainly awareness and interest in developing leaders, but comparatively few organizations were ready to dive in, make it a priority and commit serious resources to the cause.

Want to Improve Customer Service – Treat Your Employees Better

The Practical Leader

Part of the article reports on “a recent study conducted by Marshall Fisher, a professor of operations and information management at Wharton, and other colleagues.” ” He goes on to show how one of the keys to improving customer service is: “‘the power of management by common sense.’ In many organizations, management treats employees as unvalued and unintelligent.

Guest Post: Dilenschneider on Workplace Core Values

Eric Jacobson

Bob Waterman has written a penetrating little book, Adhocracy: The Power to Change. The people in the Beaver Valley, Pennsylvania, AES plant learned what many workers and managers know across the country: They learned who is responsible for the way things run. A courageous top manager in this firm, Bob Hemphill -- who is a leader, no doubt about it -- decided to declare war on "they." PERSEVERANCE The developers of the ulcer drug at C.

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.

Basecamp’s Strategy Offers a Useful Reminder: Less Is More

Harvard Business Review

37signals has developed a dozen different products and services since its founding in 1999. They will now be a “one product company” focused on Basecamp, its popular project management software. Similarly, Peters and Waterman’s 1982 classic, In Search of Excellence , reported that successful companies were those that could “stick to their knitting” and not get sidetracked.

How GE Applies Lean Startup Practices

Harvard Business Review

The Lean Startup is an approach to developing new products that came out of “Agile” software development, with “sprints” (quick deliverables) and fast learning. The new product team knew they needed to engage their suppliers sooner in the product development process, and also in a more continuously ongoing way. The suppliers, not surprisingly, were grateful to be asked to be involved, and have provided more flexibility in the development process.

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