Sunday, December 22, 2013

How to turn the worst into the best

How did nuclear submarine Captain David Marquet take over the worst performing ship with the lowest moral in the US Navy and turn it into the highest graded ship ever? The same way you can transform your business through a different paradigm of leadership.

The video is here:

Happy holidays!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Corporate Lingo Exposed

From the article: ". . . the word “align” in today’s workplace has become a code word for “command and control.” It’s become a euphemistic way of expressing a raw power relationship, usually meaning: “Do this or you’ll be out of here pronto.” In today’s workplace, despite pretensions of greater transparency, words often don’t mean what they seem. A series of fictions disguise what’s really going on. The cost of using these fictions is surprisingly high.

The article is here:

A handy guide to other codewords in widespread use in hierarchical bureaucracy is The Dictionary of Corporate Bullshit: An A to Z Lexicon of Empty, Enraging, and Just Plain Stupid Office Talk by Lois Beckwith, (Three Rivers Press, 2006).

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