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Organizational Development

By Valkie

Introduction

Here I put articles about organizational development (culture, strategy, structure) that inspire me in my day-to-day work. Closely related to the flow People Development which is more focused on the individual. Articles are in english or dutch.

Valkie — Industrial and Organizational Psychologist and entrepreneur. Co-founder of Elevate Consulting Group. Working with individuals, teams ...

Added by Valkie: “Do we have a drive to be social? And is this something we should focus on more when selecting and promoting employees and when measuring success? Interesting read.

1 Why organizations fail

FORTUNE - The technology to see very small things up close showed us we had much wrong about health. The technology to see big things far away showed us we are not the center of the universe. More recently, a technology called fMRI, that lets us collect images of oxygen use inside an active brain, has shown us that some

Added by Valkie: “Think about the specific qualities that a leader should have in YOUR organization in the CURRENT market. Too often companies select very generic leadership qualities. Interesting read.

2 Evaluate Your Leadership Development Program

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Added by Valkie: “Flow! How to create flow and how to keep flow.

3 Why Work Should Get a Little Harder Every Day

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Added by Valkie: “Goodnight! And sweet dreams.

4 Research: Your Abusive Boss Is Probably an Insomniac

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Added by Valkie: “Quizzzzz.... Are you a manager or a leader? No right or wrong... just something fun to get your self reflection going.

5 Are You a Better Manager or Leader? Take This Quiz to Find Out

The world is filled with managers and leaders. Both are quite necessary for a successful business, but rarely does someone completely master the traits of both. Often visionary entrepreneurs are moved aside for someone who can keep things steady and smooth. Of course when companies grow complacent, it's the leader who charts a new direction and brings the entire ship

Added by Valkie: “Interesting fun blog from a number of perspective: your own style in sales, preparing for an interview, interviewing and/or assessing someone.

7 Sell Me This Pen! A Key to the Sales Job Interview

If you're in sales, there's one question you must be able to answer in a job interview: Sell me this pen.It may happen today or tomorrow, or it may come up further down the road, but it pays to be ready for it. It's also a question that can teach you something new about sales or remind you of some

Added by Valkie: “For those people in fast growing start-ups..... The added value of HR is often not recognized within smaller companies. This article is quite a good one to evaluate your own organization and processes. I must add though that in this phase the people management skills of the HR Manager are crucial to success and these skills are not always easy to find.

8 5 Rookie Hiring Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

Twenty-five years ago, I attended a dinner party for the department leaders of a top international conglomerate when the host made a joke about Human Resources stating that HR means "Helps Rarely." Everyone laughed and nodded; so did I. For years before I ventured into startups, I saw HR simply as a place that employees would go to obtain benefits

Added by Valkie: “How do you make sure that others say YES? Watch this video from the guru of persuasion and use it to your benefits. No matter where you are working: in sales, marketing, HR... anywhere where you interact with others.

9 Science Of Persuasion

Added by Valkie: “This article describes something you often see in (for example) soccer teams as well: in one team the striker is fantastic and scores all the time. When transferred to another team, the striker is not successful and everybody is disappointed.

10 Why Measuring Systems Matters More Than Measuring People

When something goes wrong at your company, what's the first thing you do? Many leaders start looking for a head to roll. They immediately turn to the person closest to the problem. Whether it's an individual, department, or division at the other end of this finger-pointing, the focus on "who done it" breeds a culture of fear and internal competition

Added by Valkie: “Do you really WORK TOGETHER with your colleagues? Maybe it is worth trying. I don't sit with my colleagues and work together that often but .... when we do I must admit, motivation and commitment are high. And we are having fun because our achievements are a team effort.

11 Managers Can Motivate Employees with One Word

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Added by Valkie: “When I worked at GE the expression was: A-players hire A-players and B-players hire B-players. The level and talents of your new recruits said a lot about your own talent. Do you dare to hire people that will out perform you in some areas? DARE. And use the tips in this article to optimize your working relationship with them.

12 Working With People Who Are Smarter Than You??

Clever & skilled employees require less management and shore up your weaknesses. But while the rationale behind this oft-repeated tip is simple, executing it isn't. The problem is people have egos and insecurities, and being surrounded by folks who are smarter than you can make you feel bad. Even the most assured among us can see their confidence erode when

Added by Valkie: “No complete new things but always good to refresh your memory: try building a culture that values the individual.

14 Why Your Company Should Recognize Individuals, Not Worker Bees

For many entrepreneurs, work is a big part of their identity. When a business is yours, the company becomes a reflection of who you are. Success and failure are personal, and you'll do whatever it takes to ensure that the company flourishes. But do your employees feel the same way? Do they have a sense of ownership in the company's

Added by Valkie: “An article about the positive effect of "side projects" on your performance (as individual and as organization).

15 How Side Projects Improve Our Performance at Everything

At any given time, I have a side project running. It's often a new blog or a Tumblr or a book or a newsletter. Sometimes I try to design WordPress themes. Other times I try photography. This ethos of new projects and new improvements runs throughout our Buffer team. We love to find ways to grow, excel, and improve through

Added by Valkie: “Dutch article about innovation and amazon. 5 rules for ensuring you stay innovative and creative.

16 Waarom Amazon altijd aan 2 pizza's genoeg heeft

Amazon wil als een start-up werken. Constante innovatie wordt daarom op allerlei manieren gestimuleerd. Dit zijn de 5 hoofdregels.Als er 1 bedrijf ter wereld is, dat innovatie heeft geïncorporeerd in zijn DNA, dan is het wel Amazon. Het bedrijf begon ooit als webwinkel voor wie winst echt bijzaak was, maar tegenwoordig is het van alles: cloudleverancier, televisieproducent, distributeur, hardwarefabrikant, contentleverancier

Added by Valkie: “The chemical impact of behavior. An interesting read for personal development but also to understand the impact you can have on colleagues and employees.

17 The Neurochemistry of Positive Conversations

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Added by Valkie: “I often see managers with a strong focus on the employees that they feel are talented (and have potential). However, if those employees don't put the effort in, this could be a waste of time and you might want to shift the focus to the employees that work hard, are committed but might need a little extra help. This article is about this topic: rewarding performance and not potential.

18 Potential - Why It's Over-Hyped

My premise is a simple; one of the worst things an organization can do is reward potential. Identifying and recognizing potential are important, but rewarding it can be lethal. Rewarding potential has placed many a gifted person in way over their head and set them up for failure. Rather than reward potential, companies must learn to properly cultivate it -

Added by Valkie: “This article addresses something I always struggle with. Especially when the business is not doing as well as it should: finding the balance in sharing information. You want everybody to be involved and have a realistic view on what is going on. You don't however want people to get stressed and start worrying too much. This article gives some interesting guidelines.

19 High-Trust Culture #6: Don’t Keep People In The Dark

21 Reinvent Your Company Through Culture

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22 Insourcing at GE: The Real Story

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Added by Valkie: “Interesting view on the often requested "thinking outside the box". Actually this article strongly relates to critical thinking; a competency that has been shown to be critical for success in a number of professional and leadership positions.

23 No One Can Think Outside the Box - HBR

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Added by Valkie: “Based on our experience we can definitely say that recruitment is most of the time underestimated. From my background I know that making the perfect match is very difficult and the process takes time and effort, as well as commitment and an acquiescent attitude. So read this article to convince yourself to put it on the agenda!

24 Recruiting - The 3rd Crucial Startup Skill | For Entrepreneurs

I used to believe that there were two critical startup skills: 1. Building a great product that has clear product/market fit. 2. Building a sales and marketing machine. At Matrix Partners, we'd argue about whether you could get away with just having a great product. Or whether you could take an organization that was spectacular at sales and marketing and

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