Old convention: The organizational chart is a roadmap of office politics.
Conventional wisdom on business management changes over time, and many of the rules that once defined the workplace have been rewritten over the last decade. In the Harvard Business Review book, Communicating Effectively (Harvard Business Review Press/Available in April), contributor John Hamm examines five workplace conventions that held strong for decades, and explains how these conventions have been overhauled—if not turned entirely upside-down—in today’s corporate environment. For example, the boss is no longer seen as the sole repository of all relevant information about a project or a process, and some budget issues are seen as learning opportunities instead of occasions to assign blame. It’s all part of an ongoing conversation that’s redefining what an organization must be to remain relevant in the 21st Century. Hamm is a general partner at VSP Capital in San FranciscoThe book is part of the “Harvard Business Review on ...” series. For more information about the book, click here.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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