If you’re like me, you might have approached 2012 with some great aspirations and maybe even made some resolutions. But before getting too far along on that fresh start, maybe it’s time for a new perspective. A number of recent studies show that management practices that many view as conventional wisdom — and even some cutting-edge approaches — might actually discourage creativity in the workplace.
- Ever struggle with the “open office” model that encourages teamwork and collaboration, typically at the expense of individual privacy? This article suggests productivity and creativity actually suffer under this model and recommends a more balanced approach to keep employees at peak performance.
- If brainstorming doesn’t work, why are we still doing it? Should we focus on the composition of the group or team (i.e., ensure a diversity of perspectives) instead?
- Have you heard about the recent trend in which some companies are turning to software solutions for employee recognition with the hope of increasing satisfaction and retention? Can it really work? You be the judge.
- Looking for some practical advice on adjusting your organizational culture? Read this intriguing blog post about how to shift away from blame, excuses, and denial, and move toward ownership, accountability, and responsibility.
- Need a reliable formula to create a distinctive performance culture in your organization? Try this Harvard Business Review article on for size.
- Ever faced with a situation in which two or more of your trusted advisers or peers experience the same thing but tell a very different story? This article uses examples from the recently released Kennedy tapes to explore this topic and provide some practical tips for leaders.
- Looking for a resource that covers the gamut of leadership and management issues facing today’s executives? Try the Great Leadership blog by Dan McCarthy, a leadership-training manager for a Fortune 1000 company. Recent posts include: practical tools to aid innovation and generate new business ideas and models; how to make the most of an executive development program; ethical decision making; and tips to increase your managerial effectiveness.
- And one just for fun! Have a peek at the Forbes list of the most annoying business jargon. Recognize yourself or a colleague in one or more of these? Maybe it’s time for another resolution — no more jargon.
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