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Ideas That Work: Managing the Modern Workforce
September 3, 2015
The Audacity of Holacracy. In Holacracy, computer programmer turned CEO turned management guru Brian J. Robertson calls for a radical reshaping of traditional organizational design. His proposal? That we replace the corporate hierarchy with a bossless system in which employees have the authority to make strategic decisions.
by Theodore Kinni
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Making Room for Mr. Mom. In a recent study published in the Journal of Business and Psychology, researchers interviewed fathers who self-identify as career-focused and who have working partners. They found that most working dads manage family-related challenges through unofficial channels at the office, and feel inhibited talking openly with colleagues and supervisors about the stress of juggling their dual roles.
by Matt Palmquist
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Put the Humanity Back in Human Resources. Rather than relegating HR professionals to the realm of compliance and other routinized tasks, it’s time to empower them to reinvent organizational life. By helping employees find meaning in the work, championing transparency at every level, and weeding out wasteful management processes, the human resources department can become companies’ chief advocates of humanity.
by Eric J. McNulty
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FEATURE
by Laura W. Geller
For more than 50 years, the MIT professor has challenged companies and policymakers to redefine the rules of work and family. Work is completed most effectively, Bailyn argues, when people are empowered to come together and figure out how to manage that work collectively — taking into account both the organization’s needs and one another’s commitments outside the office.
WATCH
How Inattentive Management Wastes Employees’ Time
Smartphones are not the problem: In many organizations, managerial incentives to use employees’ time effectively are at a new low.
IN A NUTSHELL
“Thirty-seven percent of U.S. workers say they have telecommuted, up slightly from 30 percent last decade but four times greater than the 9 percent found in 1995.” —Gallup’s annual Work and Education poll, August 2015
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Consistency Drives Success at Telus
The Canadian telecom giant transformed its business by adopting a clear, stable approach to strategy and culture.
by John Izzo
The Search for an Oracle
Where do you look for leadership wisdom?
by Eric J. McNulty
Grow from Your Strengths
The only sustainable way to capture new opportunities is to remain true to what your company does best.
by Gerald Adolph and Kim David Greenwood
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