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  • Curbing your company's fear of change

    It's all too easy for companies to strangle themselves by using processes that offer no room for changes. How managers can dig their companies out of this rut.By Julian Birkinshaw

    Jul 26, 2011 10:03 AM ET
  • The open secrets of employee motivation

    Employees can easily go along their daily routines without much insight on the people buying their products, but exposing them to customers can serve as a powerful motivator.

    By Julian Birkinshaw and Simon Caulkin, contributors

    (ManagementInnovationeXchange) -- Employee engagement is, as they say, a no-brainer. There are stacks of literature showing that companies with committed employees who feel strongly about their organization do better financially than those with indifferent employees. In many MORE

    Jun 14, 2011 11:14 AM ET
  • When it comes to project work, casting is everything

    Assigning people to work on projects is the stuff that management is made of, but how do you choose the right people for the right gigs? By Julian Birkinshaw

    May 9, 2011 2:16 PM ET
  • Why new tech won't make you a better manager

    Despite the talk that tech advances will bring an age of management utopia, traditional corporate juggernauts do not change overnight.

    By Julian Birkinshaw, contributor

    (ManagementInnovationeXchange) -- When it comes to the future of management, there's a problem with all this talk of virtual and networked organizations, and this vision of empowered and engaged employees. We see the massive changes underway in technology and connectivity, and we assume that these changes will MORE

    Apr 11, 2011 1:28 PM ET
  • What business leaders can learn from the Renaissance

    While innovation and new business ideas gain central stage today, the decline of one of Europe's greatest Renaissance banking families offers useful, cautious wisdom.

    By Christian Stadler, contributor

    (ManagementInnovationeXchange) -- As the global economy slowly turns around, we have embarked on a new era of growth. While innovation and new business ideas gain central stage, we should remember that some old-fashioned management practices are worth preserving.

    By "old-fashioned" I mean that companies should MORE

    Mar 30, 2011 1:53 PM ET
  • Reinventing your business, Wikipedia-style

    The Wikimedia Foundation turned the conventional approach to setting strategy on its head by opening its process completely to its community of volunteers.

    By Chris Grams, contributor

    (ManagementInnovationeXchange) -- The term "strategic planning" conjures up images of suits in conference rooms diagramming the path to world domination on whiteboards. All too often, strategic planning is an activity reserved for the organizational elite -- executives aided by consultants. The top dogs think up all MORE

    Mar 22, 2011 12:12 PM ET
  • 5 ways to keep your company alive

    Think about it: Rare is the company that manages to live long into its golden years. Here's how a company can improve their odds of survival.

    By Christian Stadler, contributor

    (ManagementInnovationeXchange) -- Some companies have the knack of turning in stellar performance decade after decade.  To be sure, they may lose their way for a year or two, but somehow they overcome the setback and resume their relentless progress. General MORE

    Mar 7, 2011 1:05 PM ET
  • What hospitals can learn from the Ritz

    Henry Ford Health System's newest hospital, a $360-million facility with all private rooms, concierge service, and indoor farmer's market is a radical, risky move for health care. But it just might be a logical one too.

    By William C. Taylor, contributor

    (ManagementInnovationeXchange) -- Not long ago, I was in the audience at a symposium organized by the leaders of the Henry Ford Health System, a $4-billion-a-year health-and-hospital company based in Detroit. The organization's leaders MORE

    Mar 2, 2011 10:26 AM ET
  • 5 rules on cultivating power

    Here are some commonsense rules to let you get out of your own way and thrive in today's business world.

    By Jeffrey Pfeffer, contributor

    (ManagementInnovationeXchange) -- Here are some commonsense, yet often violated, rules about power that can help make you more successful—and, even better, equip you to cope with today's organizational realities.

    1. You need to take care of yourself. Companies have been telling employees this for decades. The implication: don't worry about MORE

    Feb 18, 2011 4:06 PM ET
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  • Giving the performance review an extreme makeover

    Performance reviews represent just one skirmish in the war against the unhealthy and artificial power dynamic that is a legacy of the industrial era. Australian software company Atlassian has given this staple of corporate life a new look.

    By Polly LaBarre, contributor

    (ManagementInnovationeXchange) -- It's one of the toughest -- and most important -- questions in business: How do you mobilize and unleash the best gifts of every single person in your MORE

    Feb 16, 2011 1:34 PM ET
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The Management Innovation eXchange is a site dedicated to sparking conversation and progress around the most critical challenges that managers face today: How to create organizations that are fit for the future -- and fit for human beings. The MIX seeks to enlist as many in-the-trenches innovators, progressive leaders, and adventuresome thinkers as possible in pursuit of that goal. Users can submit, rate, and build on each others' ideas -- creating an open platform for management innovation. The MIX is supported by several leading institutions, including McKinsey & Co., Dell, HCL, Red Hat, London Business School, HSM, and the Human Capital Institute.

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