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From sludge to success

The June issue of s+b explores how the road to business renewal starts when CEOs step in to reduce organizational friction.
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From sludge to success
The June issue of s+b explores how the road to business renewal starts when CEOs step in to reduce organizational friction.

In a perfect world, your company would be a well-oiled machine. In reality, most companies have sludge in the engine that’s keeping them from moving as quickly as they want.

Many of the tasks that CEOs called out as inefficient are ones that senior executives can influence. In other words, if your company is mired in sludge, it’s within your power to help pull it out. Even better, there are clear upsides to reducing friction.

Illustration of Robert I. Sutton
When you are at the top of an organization...you can unwittingly waste an enormous amount of time.