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113: Principles for Work Design Infrastructure

  Podcast Show Notes #113 Why Holacracy is not new and not an improvement. How would we know what is? Carol’s Lesson: Examine the various ways that Holacracy is not different from traditional hierarchical businesses. Critiques of Holacracy from Harvard Business Review to Strategy & Management The most surprising revelations is how the evaluations are […]

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112 Holacracy

Podcast Show Notes: #112 Holacracy Evaluation-Systems and Structures Examined Carol’s Lesson: Examine the recent search for new work designs (particularly Holacracy) that have been tried by practitioners in an effort to get different results particularly for workers.   Holacracy, invented by Brian Robertson, a software engineering company founder who used his own software company to […]

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111: History of Work Design

Podcast Show Notes: #111 History of Work Design- How we got to where we are with the Way We Work   Carol’s Lesson: Explore designs of an practices in business, understand from where they are sourced, as well as their effects.   Frederick Winslow Taylor- Scientific Management Taylor brought the idea of managers into the […]

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conflict resolution

107: Produce Enlightened Innovation Using Conflict

Response to HBR Article:: How to Handle a Disagreement on Your Team by Jeanne Brett & Stephen B Goldberg. Record: Nov 19, 2017.    Uploads: Nov 30 Creating a Culture and Capability of External Considering There are four levels of being considerate: Kindness, Empathy, Compassion, Caring and the effects of each. Conflict and Failure as […]

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change management

106: Design your organization to use Change Management and Leadership to pursue enlightened innovation, not targeted amelioration

Do you Introduce Change for Innovation or Amelioration? HBR Article: Change Management and Leadership Development Have to Mesh by Ryan W. Quinn and Robert E. Quinn. JANUARY 07, 2016. Record: Nov 19, 2017 Podcast Script outline: Setting the Stage:  Does your change management process to ameliorate or innovate for your organization? Carol’s Lesson: Epistemologies of […]

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leadership development work design

105: Why Leadership Development Fails

Executive Summary: In spite of $365B a year spent globally on leadership training, follow up studies show that it does not have a lasting effect on organizational results. Within one year of completion, surveys indicate that organizational effectiveness, the intended purpose, has not improved or changed in any meaningful way. The reasoning offered is that […]

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consciousness mindfulness

104: Mindfulness at Work

Mediation and mindfulness have become a popular training subject in Silicon Valley high tech companies.  It is a very, very useful practice for us as humans. I would go so far as to say, we cannot fully live out our humanness without the capability to exercise mindfulness. That is, to engage in being conscious of […]

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psychological safety in the workplace

103: Why Psychological Safety is the Wrong Goal for Business. And bad for Democracy!

There has been an idea arising in print media and on-air conversations with pundits about the idea of creating safe work and learning places to create psychological safety. A physically safe space is imperative. As is a sexual harassment-free workplace by superiors over subordinates, which has become epidemic. However, the recent spate of suggestions is […]

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Hazards of Personality Typologies

102: The Hazard of Personality Typologies to Business and Humanity

Detoxing Myths of Modern Management: Can human beings be reliably categorized into types for management, learning and teaming purposes? Business Second Opinion Media has as it’s purpose detoxing modern business practices, which have arisen over a thousand years of work history, unexamined. That means exposing these work practices for their true effects, then adding a […]

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Talent: Build, don't buy

101: Build, Don’t Buy, Talent

This week’s podcast and blog are about the insane competition for talent, attracting and retaining talent and why most businesses go about this pursuit, to get the best people, in the wrong way. If you do leadership searches your company will pay about 1/3 of the cost of their first year’s salary and up to […]

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