Winning Organization

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"The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual." ~ Vince Lombardi


 Yourself & Your Team

Cross-functional Excellence

Systems Thinking

Lateral Thinking

Leadership Attributes

Cross-functional Excellence

Managerial Leadership

Entrepreneurial Leadership

Values-Based Leadership

Principles-Centered Leadership

Leading Change

Inspirational Leadership

Creative Leadership

Leading Others to Lead Themselves

People Power

New People Partnership

Employee Empowerment

Energizing Employees

Inspiring People

Influencing People

The Fun Factor

Developing Yourself and Others



Team Building and Teamwork

Team vs. Group

Team Leader: 9 Roles

Team Culture

Management Team

Cross-Functional Teams

Managing Cross-Cultural Differences

Injecting Relentless Growth Attitude

 Your Organization & Processes

Corporate Culture

Shared Values

Innovation-Adept Culture

Inspiring Culture

Synergistic Organization

9 Signs of a Losing Organization

Balanced Organization: 5 Basic Elements

Cross-functional Management

Organizational Capabilities

Process-managed Enterprise

Opportunity-focused Organization

Adaptive Organization

Inclusive Company

Leveraging the Power of Diversity

Creative Chaos Environment

7-S Model

Performance Management


Attitude Motivation

Operating vs Innovating

Sustainable Competitive Advantage

Corporate Capabilities

Entrepreneurial Organization

Flat Organizational Structures

Innovation System

Organizational Transformation

Transformational Leadership

Efficiency Improvement

Continuous Improvement Firm (CIF)

Performance Measurement

 Your Strategies

Balanced Business System

The Power of Balance

The Tao of Business Success

The Tree of Business

Results-Based Leadership

Enterprise Strategy

Strategies of Market Leaders

Strategic Thinking

Strategic Intent

Corporate Vision, Mission, & Goals

Resource-Based Model

Strategic Road-Mapping

Venture Strategies

Managing Change

Creating Change

80/20 Theory of the Firm

Resistance to Change

25 Lessons from Jack Welch

Opportunity-driven Business Development

Radical Innovation vs Incremental

Fast Company

Fast Decision-Making

Establishing Guiding Principles

Letting Best Ideas Win

Getting Rid of Bureaucracy

Knowledge Management

Knowledge-Based Enterprise

Learning Organization

Teaching Organization

Coaching Organization

Managing Knowledge Workers


9 Signs of a Losing Organization

  1. High Bureaucracy: bureaucratic organizational structures with too many layers; high boundaries between management layers; slow decision making; too close monitoring of things and subordinates; too many tools and documents discouraging creative thinking; bureaucracy is tolerated... More

The Tao of Employee Empowerment

  • Yin: Treat employees as owners

  • Yang: Inspire, challenge imagination... More

Three Major Stages of Organizational Evolution8

  1. Bureaucratic: strategy is not emphasized; hierarchical structures; linear focus; dehumanized

  2. Complex: quantitative strategy; laterally complex structures; bifurcated, conflicting focus; limitations of workforce performance

  3. Adaptive: visionary, human strategy, simpler in context structure; work/family integration systems; capability and efficacy of workforce

Industrial Enterprise versus Knowledge-based Enterprise Learning Organization Teaching Organization Coaching Organization

10 Rules for Building a Great Business

  1. Create a winning organization... More


Corporate Culture

Strategies for Building a Growth Culture

  • Reward collective, not individual, successes, but maintain clear individual accountabilities and keep heroes visible.

Some Ideas for

Breaking Down Barriers To Communication

  • Organize cross-functional teams for all sorts of projects. Make them as loose or as formal as you see fit but be sure that there is good mixing and that all of the departments contribute.

Developing The Fast-Paced Flexible Culture

By: Michael Dell

  • Set a Common Goal. Mobilize your people around a common goal. Help them feel a part of something genuine, special, and important, and you'll inspire real passion and loyalty.

Building a Team Culture

10 Action Areas

  1. Empower teams.

Winning Corporate Culture

  • Values-based

  • Strategically Aligned

  • Adaptive.

Six Organizational Models that Support Innovation

  1. Innovation Project Team

  2. Expert Network

  3. Innovation Council.

Systemic Innovation

7 Interwoven Areas

  1. Organizational Innovation.

Strategic Innovation

7 Dimensions

  1. Organizational Readiness the ability to take action

Eliminating the Bureaucracy Problem

7 Tips

  • Eliminate all staff jobs unless proved to be essential.

25 Secrets from Jack Welch

The Prescription for Winning

  1. Speed

  2. Simplicity

  3. Self-confidence

How To Lead Creative People

By: Max DePree

  • Innovation is the lifeblood of an organization. Knowing how to lead and work with creative people requires knowledge and action that often goes against the typical organizational structure. Protect unusual people from bureaucracy and legalism typical of organizations... More

29 Obstacles To Innovation

  • Lack of ownership by Senior Leaders

  • Innovation not articulated as a company-wide commitment.

Innovation Management Policies for Large Corporations

By: Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft

  • Eliminate rivalry between different parts of the organization

  • Keep a flat organization in which all issues are discussed openly

Why Institutional Excellence?

The leaders of great companies are not just great at growing profits. Most importantly, they are organizational architects determined to establish institutional excellence for as long as the company is in business.

Institutional excellence is a sustainable competitive advantage that enables your business to survive against your competition over a long period of time. "When institutional excellence is in place, companies can achieve industry leadership for decades and generations."1

3 Strategies of Market Leaders

Market leaders win by building an adaptive, innovation-friendly organization and establishing an inspirational growth culture. The best companies  put a lot of efforts in developing great leaders and  establishing winning teams... More

The Key Challenges To Organizational Success

A global survey of team leaders to executives revealed that “soft” issues such as inspiring corporate culture are over 3 times as prevalent as “hard” issues such as finance. Leaders are twice as concerned about leadership than all other issues combined.

When divided between “hard” issues such as finance and supply and “soft” issues such as culture and communication, the “soft stuff” appears to be three times harder.

Balanced Organization: 5 Basic Elements

Leadership (Fire):

Corporate Culture

In six words, corporate culture is "How we do things around here."

Corporate culture is the collective behavior of people using common corporate vision, goals, shared values, beliefs, habits, working language, systems, and symbols. It is interwoven with processes, technologies, learning and significant events. In addition, different individuals bring to the workplace their own uniqueness, knowledge, and ethnic culture. So corporate culture encompasses moral, social, and behavioral norms of your organization based on the values, beliefs, attitudes, and priorities of its members... More

How To Avoid the Hassle of Commercializing University Technology

16 Ways

By: Terry Collison

  • If you have a technology policy and a procedure, make sure nobody in the university community actually understands what it is. Complexity is good... More

Building an Innovation-friendly Organization

If you want to be a market leader, you must establish an innovation-friendly organization,

Leaders of successful, high-growth companies understand that innovation is what drives growth, and innovation is achieved by awesome people with a shared relentless growth attitude and shared passion for entrepreneurial creativity and for turning ideas into realities... More

Flat Organizational Structure

One key to successful business evolution and growth in today's rapidly changing economy driven by knowledge and innovation is to let go of centralized control. People who stay closer to customers know better the market needs and can respond faster to rapidly changing customer requirements. In flat organizations, decisions are made faster, entrepreneurial creativity of employees is released, and ideas are managed better... More

The New-Generation Adaptive Organization

Adaptive organization is a new third-stage organization based upon radically new logics of content, configuration, and change based on human capabilities rather than limitations. The three new logics for adaptive organizations include:

  1. New logic of content

  2. New logic of configuration

  3. New logic of change... More

The Growing Role of the Business Architect

Today's companies need business architects who can take a systems view of a business and build synergies.

Business architect is a person who initiates new business ventures or leads business innovation, designs a winning business model, and builds a sustainable balanced business system for a lasting success.

Eliminating Bureaucracy

Bureaucracy makes work and creates climate in which the customer comes third – well after the management and the company's other employees.

How much of your energy is expended on purely internal activities? if you spend less than 20% of your energy on external customers, than bureaucracy has taken hold.

Employee Empowerment

A successful corporation must be able to craft a new partnership-based relationship with its employees – it must be able to live the ideals of people power, rather than merely talk about them... More

Process-managed Enterprise

Business Process Management System (BPMS) creates a foundation for your enterprise architecture. By acquiring BPMS your company can gain unprecedented control of the management of your business processes, supplementing your existing systems and accelerating the achievement of your business objectives.11... More

Cross-Functional Teams

"While separate departments help to develop deep knowledge in each functional area, they also make it difficult to coordinate activities across departmental boundaries. Organizations often establish cross-functional teams to deal with this dilemma."1 Cross-functional teams will also help you to lead innovation and change through your organization... More

Main Subjects for Suggestions in Japanese Companies

  • Improvement in the working environment... More

Be the Best Possible

10 Tips by Ten3 NZ Ltd.

  • Good enough seldom is.  Organisations that are continually productive and profitable incessantly strive for quality and excellence.  Acknowledging that your customers are not prepared to accept an attitude of "that's good enough," how does your organisation's quality standards rate as against its competitors?  How do your own personal levels of excellence and quality rate against your current and potential competitors in the employment market?  If you don't know the answer/s to these questions, then resolve to find them out immediately.  The longer you delay, the larger the gap may be growing between you and your competition!... More

Three Important Features of All Organizations...

Three Areas of Need Present in All Organizations...

Key Characteristics of High-performance Organizations...

Achieving the Right Balance Between the Whole and the Parts...

6-A: Important Traits that Determine Organizational Success...

Establishing an Attitude of Relentless Growth...

Organizational Alignment...

Extended Enterprise...

Sources of Your Sustainable Competitive Advantage...

Organizational Fitness Profile (OFP) Road-Mapping...

80/20 Theory of the Firm...

Continuous Corporate Renewal...

Managerial Leadership...

360 Degree Evaluation Process...

Learning Bottom-Up...

Trust-based Working Relationships...

How To Bring About Effective Change...

 Case Study  GE...

 Case Study  British Petroleum...

 Case Study  Dell Computers...

 Case Study  IDEO...

 Case Study  Google...



  1. "Extreme Management," Mark Stevens

  2. "The 80/20 Principle," Richard Koch

  3. "Relentless Growth", Christopher Meyer

  4. "A Manager's Guide to the Millennium", Ken Matejka and Richard J. Dunsing

  5. "The Basics of Leadership", Merlin Ricklefs

  6. "Effective Strategic Leadership", John Adair

  7. "The Centerless Corporation", Bruce A.Pasternack and Albert. J. Viscio

  8. "MegaChange", William E. Joyce

  9. "Strategic Management: Competitiveness and Globalization", Edition 4, Thomson Learning

  10. "Business Process Management (BPM) is a Team Sport: Play it to Win!," Andrew Spanyi

  11. "Business Process Management: The Third Wave", Howard Smith and Peter Fingar

  12. "Towards the Learning Company", Pedler M., Boydell T. and Burgoyne J.

  13. Google: 10 Golden Rules

  14. How To Transform Your Business Into an Innovative and Creative Culture, Ten3 NZ Ltd.

Healthy Company

Characteristics of Successful Growth Businesses

Innovation-friendly Organization

Employee Intellectual Property Agreement

5 Strategies for Creating a Culture for Innovation