Edward E. Lawler III and Christopher G. Worley

Organizations need to pay individuals for their skills and knowledge, not for their jobs. In a work situation in which people have changing task assignments, paying the person according to their market value is much more effective than paying the job, particularly when it comes to retaining the right people. When all is said and done, it is people that have a market value, not … [ Read more ]

Management Consultants as Professionals, or are They?

Managers make great use of consultants, giving rise to a rapid annual growth rate of 15% in consulting industry revenues where the authors estimate that today there are over one million consultants and $200 billion revenue worldwide. High industry growth has a big negative “Con” attached to it with a large influx of new consultants each year with problematic qualifications. Being a consultant is a … [ Read more ]

Taking Stock: A Review Of More Than Twenty Years Of Research On Empowerment At Work

Today, more than 70 percent of organizations have adopted some kind of empowerment initiative for at least part of their workforce. To be successful in today’s global business environment, companies need the knowledge, ideas, energy, and creativity of every employee, from front line workers to the top level managers in the executive suite. The best companies accomplish this by empowering their employees to take initiative … [ Read more ]

Reward Systems, Motivation And Organizational Change

Many organizations try to change but most of their change efforts are doomed to failure from the beginning. The type and amount of change that is attempted is simply beyond the ability of most organizations to implement successfully. Admittedly, some organizations have made amazing transformations. A key barrier in most change efforts is the motivation to change; all too often it is simply missing. We … [ Read more ]

What’s A Leadership Book, Anyway?

Without anyone having noticed, the field of leadership apparently has become the home base for business generalists and, in particular, the last bastion in academia of cross-disciplinary thought and teaching.

Designing Organizations That Are Built To Change

As the pace of globalization and social change quickens, executives are correctly calling for greater agility, flexibility and innovation from their companies. Indeed, the premium on an organization’s ability to adapt and change should be at an all-time high. But it is not. Largely ignored in the calls for more agility is that organizations are designed to seek sustainable competitive advantages and stability. Buried deep … [ Read more ]