What Was the Big Idea?


What was the "big idea" in management over the past decade?

The esteemed editors of the Harvard Business Review came out with their top ten list. It's a smart list, but it's missing a few things. And one Big Idea in particular:

~ Employee Engagement!

Last year, I wrote a blog entry on a new era of management, Management 3.0.

Management 3.0 is about engaging and unleashing people.

As I have said before, we are witnessing a paradigm shift in organizations worldwide:

~ from focus on weaknesses to focus on strengths

~ from appraisal to appreciation

~ from “our way or the highway” to flexibility

~ from “one size fits all” to customization

~ from “command and control” to coach and engage

Management 3.0 recognizes that the aims of the earlier eras --increasing productivity and satisfying customers-- are still relevant, but are achieved by hiring the best and trusting that they will do what the organization needs to have done.

Call it the talent management movement, or the positive workplace movement, or the employee engagement movement, or the strengths-based movement, or the appreciative inquiry movement, or whatever. It is happening.

Expect to see this tectonic plate continue to move in 2010 and beyond.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, January 1, 2010

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