Management

Ive thought a lot about organizational structures my whole life, but mainly studying the non-profit organization. Theres no question that the board structure with the trustees or members, the few officers like VP, the executive director and the CEO or president this Western structure of many decades has certain weak aspects.

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a) They have the mistaken belief that their job is to be the boss and to know better than those they hire and or team with. Its a perverse belief based, I think, in guilt and anxiety: Im higher up (What, I often say, the food chain?) and so I should be able to do [...]

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I am decidedly cool on the concept of 360 reviews in the context that they are a breakdown of the normal hierarchy of a company with subordinates embracing an inappropriate role in evaluating their superiors, they undermine leadership and they bastardize normal corporate governance. The CEO works for the Board and keeps that job [...]

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The 360 review process is what does not scale. I have worked at startups the size of 3 people to Oracle with over 85,000. Plus, I have worked with clients to implement performance management systems across hundreds of thousands of staff. In every case, the results have been disappointing. The process is deeply flawed because [...]

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1. Making a plan incorporating specific measurable objectives or goals. 2. Allocating precious and limited resources in support of that plan. 3. Measuring success vs the plan and adjusting the plan to the revealed reality. You can write a book about each of those individual topics but every business failure I have seen has had [...]

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I have often thought that young companies need a charm school to get them through the acne phase as quickly as possible and that inexperienced CEOs can benefit from a bit of boot camp. I have a fairly exhaustive set of exemplars I have developed over the last 30+ years on such topics as planning, [...]

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