What symptoms of Plausible Deniability-itis have you witnessed? Is it happening in your business and you haven’t noticed or admitted it yet? Here’s some lessons for those of you who want to avoid accountability and climb the corporate ladder.
So we went from immediate treatment for acute symptoms, to doing nothing unless an ongoing issue became apparent, and only at that point instituting a long-term treatment plan if required. Sometimes after settling the immediate, visible and major symptoms, we need to sit back and see if the situation will evolve and resolve itself rather than trying to exercise a control which we often don’t have.
A scheme like this would take the current interest in foreign investment in Penang and leverage it into creating the future that the Chief Minister seemed to be aiming for in his speech, creating opportunities for local ownership. The important thing is to change the way of thinking from traditional approaches that don’t work to innovative ways of achieving goals that delight the community.
Drucker made it clear that leaders, managers, academics and researchers in the fields of organisations, management, communication and change need to challenge the very foundations and assumptions of their work. Roddick said “we went looking for employees, but people turned up instead.” The starting points for all organisations are people and values.
Steve Denning’s point was that while the teams he referred to operated far in advance of other areas of the organisation in terms of radical management (and in terms of results), the work to create the foundations had already started, creating the environment for success.
It has been brought to my attention in a few ways recently, that a missing element in what I have been doing is changing myself. In focusing on others, I have missed adapting to the new circumstances I find myself in as I take the next steps of my life.
I was taken by the description to come out of the Stoos gathering, that “organisations can become learning networks of individuals creating value and that the role of leaders should include the stewardship of the living rather than the management of the machine.”
The evidence demonstrates that increasing the involvement of women has markedly beneficial effects on business, both short and long-term. Therefore you would think that Boards and senior management teams striving to do the best possible thing in the interests of the company and shareholders would be clamoring for much greater participation on Boards and in senior management for women.
Budget cuts, especially when they relate to labour cuts, have dramatically unkind impacts on the people in your organisation, their morale, the ability to get the work done. They result in long-term hardship to your people (or former people in the case of labour cuts) and their families, as well as having a broader impact on customers and communities. History tells us that budget cuts are often the beginning of the end for companies, leading to eventual closure, takeover or liquidation.
Over the last fifty years, the range of key stakeholders for most corporations has been expanding. Corporate responsibility expectations are changing as a result of the influence of key stakeholders, with the consequence of potentially limiting the ability of shareholders and managers to operate in their preferred environment. In the meantime, the more traditional key stakeholders, shareholders, clients, customers, suppliers and staff, are asking for more involvement in organisational operations.
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