How to Inspire Creativity and Reward Good Employees (Like You and Me)

Let’s face it. Anyone reading this article thinks that information about how to reward highly-regarded employees applies to them. And we all have ideas about what these rewards should be (more money, bigger title, bigger office, etc.) But short of giving out stock options that will be worth $500 zillion in six months, how can managers provide meaningful incentives, and rewards, for star performers? Wharton … [ Read more ]

1001 Ways to Reward Employees

This booklet should be required reading for managers. The author presents a compelling case for recognition and positive reinforcement in management practice. And for some old-time micro-managers, he shows that employee coercion is no longer an option. This book examines ways, means and methods used by corporations to recognize employees. It also discusses a common failing; “…it is a rare manager who systematically makes the … [ Read more ]

The Changing Face Of IT

As IT becomes even more integral to success, companies are rethinking how the organization looks, functions, and interacts with the rest of the business.

Corporate Culture in Internet Time

The foundation of the company is no longer the company: It’s the team.

Editor’s Note: I found the discussion of two cultures in startups – hype and craft – to be especially interesting, and accurate from my personal experiences.

The Fifth Discipline : The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization

Peter Senge, founder of the Center for Organizational Learning at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, experienced an epiphany while meditating one morning back in the fall of 1987. That was the day he first saw the possibilities of a “learning organization” that used “systems thinking” as the primary tenet of a revolutionary management philosophy. He advanced the concept into this primer, originally released in 1990, … [ Read more ]

Stephen Covey

An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success.

Trust Fund

In politics as in affairs of the heart, building trust remains that most elusive ideal. But creating it in your workplace could be your greatest competitive advantage.

Organizing for Innovation in Large Firms: Resource Allocation Mechanisms for R&D in Large Firms

This 23-page .pdf paper investigates how a firm can best be organized to facilitate innovation, specifically concentrating on the design of R&D resource allocation systems and the use of external technology sources. The study’s key findings are that increased use of external sources of technology results in increased efficiency but decreased effectiveness and that no strong relationship was found between the use of internal … [ Read more ]

The Human Side of Enterprise

Heralded as one of the most important pieces of management literature ever written, a touchstone for scholars and a handbook for practitioners, The Human Side of Enterprise continues to receive the highest accolades nearly half a century after its initial publication. Influencing such major management gurus such as Peter Drucker and Warren Bennis, McGregor’s revolutionary Theory Y-which contends that individuals are self-motivated and self-directed-and Theory … [ Read more ]

Danger:Toxic Company

The problem isn’t that loyalty is dead or that careers are history. The real problem, argues Stanford’s Jeffrey Pfeffer, is that so many companies are toxic — and that they get exactly what they deserve.

Hire for Attitude, Train for Skill

You can’t build a great company without great people. The problem: How do you know the great people when you see them? Rules for smart hiring from Nucor Steel, Silicon Graphics, and Southwest Airlines.

Defogging the ‘Mission/Vision Thing’

Excellent article discussing the top 5 pieces of the Organizational Context Pyramid: Purpose, Mission, Vision, Core Values, & Strategy

Bill Gates’ New Rules

Microsoft’s Chairman predicts only mangers who master the digital universe will gain competitive advantage

Dee Hock on Organizations

Founder of the Chaordic Alliance talks about organizations.


From the experiences of dozens skilled at making change happen, we’ve compiled a handbook — 10 Laws of Change that you can use to gauge your development as a change agent in an era of total change.

The Rocky Road from Startup to Big-Time Player: Biogen’s Triumph Against the Odds

How does a fledgling company become an industry powerhouse? By managing itself professionally and betting on the right products. The case of Biogen shows how it can be done.

How to Manage Creative People: The Case of Industrial Light and Magic

George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic is the nations premier special effects shop with credits that include “Star Wars.” Part of its phenomenal growth and success stems from the innovative management of its employees — most of whom don’t even know they’re being managed.