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. We are often controlled by habits and mindless behavior.

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. notch products or services nobody wanted.

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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. Historically, leaders have relied on their internal networks and intuition to assess employee engagement and strategic alignment.

10 Gifts For You To Succeed In 2011.

Rich Gee Group

Peters and Waterman — “In Search of Excellence”. How To Be More Productive When You Work From Home.

Get Out of Your Office

Steve Farber

Consider this: a recent survey conducted by NFI Research showed more than two-thirds of senior executives and managers said they believed their organizations would be more productive if “personal discussion” was used to disseminate information.

The Quick and Dirty Way To Learn Your Company Culture

The Idolbuster

ii] We used to grill new employees about our products to get an outside perspective before they absorbed the biases of our organization. In their book “ In Search of Excellence ,” Tom Peters and Robert Waterman argue that great companies have strong values, which are transmitted not through “written procedures” but through “stories, myths, legends and metaphors. Waterman Jr. Chapter 3: The Corporation, The Real American Idol Part 6.

When Do Shared Values Become a Competitive Advantage?

The Idolbuster

Underperforming companies like this can also have a strong culture, but the focus tends to be on politics or “the numbers,” rather than on people or products. [ii] Waterman Jr. Waterman Jr. Chapter 3: The Real American Idol Part 8. In the last post , I used the McKinsey 7S model to explain the importance of shared company values to corporate culture.

Guest Post: Dilenschneider on Workplace Core Values

Eric Jacobson

Bob Waterman has written a penetrating little book, Adhocracy: The Power to Change. is a positive, productive question that we should ask ourselves each day. Focused leadership over time implies productive, useful perseverance.

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). ” Organizational culture is assumed to be important to making sure that employees are happy and productivity is good.

How GE Applies Lean Startup Practices

Harvard Business Review

As the world becomes more digitized, generating more information surrounding products and services and speeding up processes, large and small companies in every industry, even manufacturing, are starting to compete more like the software industry, with short product lifecycles and rapid decision-making. The Lean Startup is an approach to developing new products that came out of “Agile” software development, with “sprints” (quick deliverables) and fast learning.

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

Harvard Business Review

Unless you follow tech companies, you might have missed the startling announcement by collaboration and communications software maker 37signals that it has decided to refocus the entire company on a single core product. 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.

Category Creation Is the Ultimate Growth Strategy

Harvard Business Review

Having grown up in Hawaii, I have the utmost respect for Laird as a waterman. While I've helped many clients grow their products, brands, and overall businesses, there is nothing as exhilarating as helping a company create an entirely new category. Category creation requires innovation teams to re-think their role beyond just creating new products and services. This post is part of the HBR Insight Center Growing the Top Line. Laird Hamilton is my hero.

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