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Fuzzy Vision

Corporate vision and mission don't inspire people; lack of strategic alignment; people don't know where the organization is going and what it is trying to achieve in the future.

Lack of Leadership Skills

Fear of change; Leaders lack entrepreneurial spirit; leadership style on the part of management is either too directive or too hands-off; managers do not lead and don't manage change, they just administrate and micromanage; weak leadership development program.

Discouraging Culture

corporate culture does not inspire people; no shared values; employees are not energized;lack of trust; blame culture; focus on problems, not opportunities; people don't have fun at work; diversity is not celebrated; failures are not tolerated; people lose confidence in their leaders and systems.

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.

Lack of Initiative

Employees are not empowered; poor motivation and encouragement; people do not feel their contributions make a difference; management fails to engage the organization effectively; people work defensively and not creatively, they do their job, and nothing more.

Poor Vertical Communication

People have no clue of the big picture and do not feel that their contributions are important; too much uncertainty; people don't know what top-managers are thinking and planning.

Poor Cross-functional Collaboration

Functional mindset;  lack of cross-functional goals and cross-functional collaboration spirit; functional, no enterprise-wide business process management; no cross-functional management committees; lack of or powerless cross-functional teams.

Poor Teamwork

No organizational commitment to team culture; lack of shared and worthwhile goals; weak team leaders; team members who don't want to play as part of a team are tolerated; teams are too large; lack of shared rewards.

Poor Idea and Knowledge Management

Cross-pollination of ideas is not facilitated; no creativity, idea and knowledge management strategies and systems; "know-it-all" attitude; "not invented here" syndrome.



  Albrecht's Law: Intelligent people, when assembled into an organization, will tend toward collective stupidity.


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Larry Page success advice

It's important that the company be a family.

When you treat people that way,

you get better productivity.

Larry Page


Steve Jobs advices

Find people who are competent and really bright, but more importantly, people who care exactly about the same things you care about.

Steve Jobs


Tom Kelley innovation advice

Create hot teams, not dull teams. A hot team is infused with purpose, personality, and a great passion about doing great things together.

Tom Kelley


Akio Morita business advice quotes Sony success lessons

We want to keep the company healthy and its employees happy, and we want to keep them on the job and productive.

Akio Morita


Richard Branson advice

Colleagues should take care of each other, have fun, celebrate success, learn by failure, look for reasons to praise not to criticise.

Richard Branson


Sam Walton advice quotes

A paycheck will buy one kind of loyalty. But all of us like to be told how much somebody appreciates what we do for them.


Konosuke Matsushita advices

Deal with your staff and employees as co-workers. Trust and serve them.  >>>

Konosuke Matsushita


Vadim Kotelnikov advice quotes

Happy business is about love. Build a passionate team. Love for each other inspires and energizes team members.

Vadim Kotelnikov