Requisite Organization Design – Flat Ain’t All That, but Neither is Fat

By Michelle Malay Carter on April 29, 2009 

A client who is undergoing a Requisite Organization implementation received the following question from an employee, and I helped craft a response which you can read below.? They modified my suggested response before diseminating, and I added the pithy subheads before posting this. With more companies moving away from hierarchy-type organizations, how is a deeply […]

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A Requisite Failure to Communicate – A Friday Funny

By Michelle Malay Carter on April 24, 2009 

Requisite Organization Efficiency in Language One of the greatest benefit our clients receive by adopting a Requisite Organization Leadership Framework is a common language to be able to talk about talent assessment, high potentials, and organization design.? It allows them to diagnose issues quickly and design work enabling organizations. Who is Right? I’ve said before, […]

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High Potential + Zero Opportunity = A Tragic Waste

By Michelle Malay Carter on April 22, 2009 

On a similar note as my post, Cognitive Surplus Gone Bad at San Diego State, it turns out the surviving teenage Somali pirate was?not just a flunky, he was the ring leader.? According to the AP and the Fort Worth Star Telegram, “Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse grew up destitute in Somalia, the oldest of 12 children […]

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Requisite Organization – Endlessly Misunderstood

By Michelle Malay Carter on April 21, 2009 

Requisite Organization is a meta-model created by Elliott Jaques.? When people oppose it, I generally find their opposition to be based upon misunderstanding. A client who is undergoing a Requisite Organization implementation received the following question from an employee, and I helped craft a response.? Hierarchy bashing is en vogue these days, but what is […]

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Stop the Vicious Cycle by Discovering — It’s Not All About You

By Michelle Malay Carter on April 15, 2009 

To continue on my life lesson theme from my last post, Is the Story You Are Telling Yourself Helpful, today I want to point out that it’s not all about you! When we realize that people rarely do things “to us”, “at us”, “because of us”, but rather because of what is going on inside […]

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Is the Story You are Telling Yourself Helpful?

By Michelle Malay Carter on April 11, 2009 

My former manager, Becky, had a slew of health sensitivities.? She did not eat meat.? She could not tolerate dairy; she was sensitive to many fragrances;she was allergic to lanonlin, an ingredient in many cosmetics and lotions. I remember sitting in her office one day as she ran down this extensive list, and I was […]

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Rewarding OverPerformers with UnderPerformers’ Work – An Employee Engagement Buster

By Michelle Malay Carter on April 9, 2009 

Ignoring NonPerformance You’ve seen it.? I’ve seen it.? I’ve lived it, and you probably have too.? Why is so pervasive?? Instead of addressing the issue of employees not performing in a role, managers simply give the nonperformers’ undone work to their outstanding performers. Why Not Take the Easy Way Out? Is it human nature?? Yes. […]

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