The Power of Minds at Work: Organizational Intelligence in Action

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AMACOM, 2003 - Business & Economics - 260 pages
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Annotation Organizational intelligence, or "OI, " is the capacity of an enterprise to mobilize and focus its collective brain power toward its mission. Without that ability, dysfunction reigns. Minds at Work reveals how the smartest (and dumbest) organizations function, and how executives and managers can make their own departments and companies work more intelligently. Drawing on the author's more than 25 years' experience as a management consultant, this incisive book identifies some 17 syndromes of organizational dysfunction, all the way from "Attention Deficit Disorder" to "The Welfare State, " and explains the critical concept of entropy -- energy lost to conflict, alienation, weak leadership, and countless other pernicious forces. Also revealed are the 7 Components of an Intelligent Organization. Albrecht offers valuable insights gained from working with leaders at hundreds of organizations all over the world. Packed with his insightful case examples, stories, and personal experiences, Minds at Work provides, a practical framework for defining, assessing, and developing the collective intelligence of any enterprise.
 

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Contents

ALBRECHTs
3
How PEOPLE COLLUDE TO FAIL
17
WHAT IS ORGANIZATIONAL INTELLIGENCE?
41
EVERY ENTERPRISE
66
THE HOLODYNAMIC ORGANIZATION
105
PLANNED ABANDONMENT
125
EARNING THE DISCRETIONARY ENERGY
140
ELIMINATING
156
THE HIVEMIND
177
LEADERSHIP WITH PURPOSE
201
GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT GETTING SMART
215
PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR THE ENTERPRISE
232
INDEX
247
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
259
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Karl Albrecht is a world-renowned thinker, speaker, and author on organizational and individual effectiveness. He is chairman of Karl Albrecht International and has provided consulting services and seminars in Europe, Asia, South America, the Middle East, and Australia, as well as throughout the U.S. His many books include: Service America! (coauthored with Ron Zemke), The Only Thing That Matters, and The Northbound Train. He lives in San Diego, California.

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