Tag Archives: Management

Don’t Raise the Bar; Find People Who Jump for Love of the Sky

Our guest speaker from the HR department made a tactical error one December evening in 1988: she thought she was asking a rhetorical question. “Isn’t there a place for mediocre coworkers in a large organization?” “NO!” we roared in unison. … Continue reading

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Delegation Versus Abdication

I’ve long preached the three Ds of paperwork: as soon as something comes in; do it, delegate it, or ditch it. Otherwise, your creativity wilts under the shadow of a towering in-box. The second D trips up a lot of … Continue reading

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10 Suggestions for a More Democratic Workplace

E Pluribus Kinko’s: A Story of Business, Democracy, and Freaky Smart People, discusses the unusual company culture that helped Kinko’s grow and profit for thirty years, and how the loss of that culture contributed to the company’s decline and eventual … Continue reading

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Of Managers and Kings

In Andrei Codrescu’s novel Wakefield (Algonquin Books, 2004), the title character travels the country as a de-motivational speaker. Companies hire him to depress employees so they will do as they are told and stop disrupting the company with incessant innovation. … Continue reading

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Ideas are Not Widgets

A while back, I watched this fantastic video, in which Dan Pink points out the huge gulf between what science knows and what business does. Later, I shot publicity photos for a community production of The Glass Menagerie, which reminded … Continue reading

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