Article of the Week
Why Cascading Goals Doesn’t Work (The Rypple Blog)
Big Idea: Rypple, a social application for workforce management recently acquired by Saleforce.com, challenges the conventional top-down approach to goal-setting. As scorecard practitioners know, cascading goals is often the bane (bain?) of the strategic alignment process. Short piece, with useful references, that raises a timely and important caution regarding a traditional alignment practice.
Editor’s Choice Articles
Going Boss-free: Utopia or ‘Lord of the Flies’? (Knowledge@Wharton)
Big Idea: Is strategic alignment possible without bosses? The trend to open, “democratic” workplaces raises the issue. This Wharton blog surveys the different points of view and sounds a note of caution. A questio: if “lord of the flies” characterizes democracy run amok, would “lord of the files” be a good designation for sclerotic bureaucracy?
Realizing the Value of People Management (bcg.perspectives)
Big Idea: Better management of people delivers results to the bottom line, according to a new survey by BCG and the World Federation of People Management Associations. The article provides an overview of the best practices in the areas of leadership development, talent management, and performance management and rewards.
Connecting the Future – Three Horizons, Strategies, Innovation (Innovation Excellence)
Big Idea: Paul Hobcraft continues his series on the “the three horizons” framework for innovation strategic planning. This is a great starting point for anyone embarking on strategic initiative and portfolio management, one of the core processes of strategic alignment and execution. He promises more on the topic.
Can Established Manufacturers Transition To Agile? (Forbes)
Big Idea: Steve Denning has been trumpeting the potential application of “agile” and “scrum” as advanced management methodologies useful beyond the confines of software development. In this piece, he explores the approach in manufacturing with the consultant, Joe Justice, of SolutionsIQ.