Read this if you shudder at the idea of inviting an employee to the board meeting.

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Read this if you shudder at the idea of inviting an employee to the board meeting.

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Our ideas of company board meetings are heavily dictated by what we see in popular culture: Large, opulent conference rooms; men and women smartly dressed in suits; and heated arguments on mute because you’re always outside the soundproof glass walls of the board room. The business of the board has always been a well-guarded secret that comes into public scrutiny only when there’s a corporate disaster.

Peer Assessments - The Double-Edged Sword  

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Peer Assessments - The Double-Edged Sword  

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When it comes to getting feedback, what would you prefer? Receiving feedback from someone who doesn’t really do the things you do or understand all the nuances of your work? Or, would you prefer to be judged by someone who’s currently walking in your shoes? Most of us inherently want to be judged by someone who understands the travails of our jobs. We want our judges to empathize with the blood and sweat we’ve put into our work. So, why then are peer reviews such a counter-intuitive idea when it comes to the way business review employee performance?

Why Semco Decided To Put Down Its Code Of Conduct In Pencil

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Why Semco Decided To Put Down Its Code Of Conduct In Pencil

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When organizations scale, processes and rules are their best friends: They help standardize how things should be done so that the business can run without stumbling often. The rules were originally meant to break down complex tasks and make it possible for anyone to get into the thick of things at anytime. However, people often confuse rules for being rigid routines that cannot be modified once set. But, in reality, rules need to be flexible enough to accommodate evolutions in technology, the market and customer needs.

When Managers Step Out Of The Spotlight Teams Shine

When Managers Step Out Of The Spotlight Teams Shine

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If someone were to ask us to name the most important people in a company, most of us would name one of the C-level executives. That’s because we’ve been conditioned to believe that organizations rest on the broad shoulders of managers. However, in reality, the most important people in a company are the ones who do the actual heavy-lifting - the technical and creative employees. Managers are, by definition, persons responsible for administering an organization or a group of employees. And, by administering we mean serving or enabling.

When Team Members Seize Every Opportunity To Take The Lead

When Team Members Seize Every Opportunity To Take The Lead

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Imagine a team meeting where a manager is discussing a set of problems with the teammates. Typically, the manager brings up the problem, the team members closest to it share a few details, offer updates and raise any concerns. Then, the attention reverts to the manager: He/She not only decides how the problem should be tackled, but also assigns who should do what. Such conventional management might offer the reliability that companies require, but they eclipse the need for adaptability and innovation. Now, imagine the same meeting with just one fundamental variation: The manager willingly steps off their pedestal and allows the discussion to naturally identify the person(s) most keen on solving the problem(s). In essence, the manager and his teammates understand that it’s a level playing field and that the person leading the team efforts should be someone who’s mastered a relevant process, equipment or faced a similar challenge in the past.

If You Want Them To Survive Give Them A Survival Manual They’d Read

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If You Want Them To Survive Give Them A Survival Manual They’d Read

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What is the purpose of an employee handbook? Is it to inform employees about the ways of the company they’re joining? Is it to create a safety net of sorts for the company to guard itself against potential lawsuits? Or, should it be to encourage employees to use their best judgments; to act according to common sense; and to be brave enough to bend or break rules when following them would only compound the situation?

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