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A Volcano in the Break Room- Extinguished by an employee driven organization development plan

This is a short story about a small high tech company that in spite of some developing employee relations issues has been very successful. In order to protect the guilty, we will call this company Wacko Technology.   On the surface everything at Wacko appears to be rather calm. They are making money so little else seems that important. Oh, there are one or two te

Michael and Daniel Hackett Articles
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Changing Toxic Organizational Culture

“To win in the marketplace, you must first win in the workplace.” – Doug Conant The wave of globalization in various aspects of business has created a need for global leaders with the ability to create agile, change-ready environments in the business world.  Strategic leaders are to be competent and knowledg

Nikki Walker Articles
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Commanding Officers and Change

Any change to an organization can be disconcerting, but when new leaders come in it can be particularly unsettling.[1]  Many times it seems that whenever a new leader comes into an organization, they want to make changes. Whether we like it or not, it is human nature that some new

Jeanne M. Mc Donnell Articles
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Driving Change in Business Today

America's businesses are comprised of diverse individuals. However, these employees share most of the same basic cultural and societal influences. These influences strongly determine the qualities and type of leadership found within these organizations. This also includes a cultural acceptance, or resistance toward risk-taking and boldness. I will discuss and show some of the reasons that Ameri

Fred Weiss Articles
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Effective Cross Cultural Communications – The Leader’s Role

The world is becoming a smaller place. Many businesses, in order to thrive, must enter the global marketplace and become global organizations. As a result, the people in these organizations will cross cultures and encounter all the complications that entails.  By providing insight into communicating effectively with people from other cultures, this article will be a help to leaders of emerging

Paul Dumais Articles

How to Groom the Leaders of the Future

For management writer Peter Drucker, leadership is having followers who "do the right thing". For political historian James MacGregor Burns, leadership is a "calling". For US president Abraham Lincoln, leadership is appealing to the "better angels of our nature". Leadership is also a matter of making a difference. It entails changing a failed strategy or revamping a languishing organisation. It

Michael Useem Articles
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How to Turn the Dysfunctional Workplace into an Environment Where People Actually Want to Work

We've all been there.  You walk into a bank, restaurant, or store and suddenly feel it, that vague sensation that all is not well.  It drips from the ceilings and sits in puddles on the floor.  The employees are lost in thought, unable to decide whether they'd rather be somewhere else or stay and kill each other.  And you're the lucky one bathing in all the poison they can ladle up.  

Roxanne Emmerich Articles

Instilling Pride - A Key to Eliciting Excellence

Eliciting excellence in others is the essence of leadership, and one of the most effective means of eliciting excellence is to instill a sense of pride in those around us.   Instilling pride has a myriad of benefits - quality of work and workmanship improves, creativity and innovation increases, collaboration is facilitated more easily, and people are willing to

Michael Beck Articles
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Punxsutawney Leadership

Big plans are already underway for next year’s festivities and celebration! Many believe that next February 2nd will not be a routine February 2nd. Why? It is 2/2/02! All those two’s certainly must signify that next February 2nd will be a very special occasion!   If you haven’t figured it out yet, here is a hint. It has to

J. Howard Baker Articles
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Real Corporate Change Takes the Six I’s

Let’s be honest, any kind of change, much less corporate change, is difficult, really difficult. Whether a start-up experiencing growing pains, a company faced with increased competition, a floundering company trying to stay afloat, or a successful business attempting to expand into global markets, the path toward change can often be unclear at best and the barriers can seem insurmountable at

Jim Taylor, PhD Articles
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