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are engaged in business the greater part
of their lives, because the soul abhors
a vacuum and they have not discovered any
continuous employment for man's nobler
—Henry David Thoreau
cure for boredom is curiosity. There
is no cure for curiosity."
Learning and Give a Better World!
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Goals: Structural Tension at Its Worst
by David Peter Stroh
continuously face the challenge of achieving conflicting
goals. How you respond to these challenges
influences your organization’s ability to achieve
one, both, or neither of these goals.
Torn Between Two Goals
There are two basic ways in which conflicting
goals manifest themselves. In the first, the need to achieve two
different goals puts pressure
on the organization to simultaneously take more (B1) and less (B2)
of an action that affects performance relative to both. Given the
impossibility of satisfying both conditions at once, the organization
usually achieves one objective at the expense of another.
Tips for Tackling Conflicting Goals
How can you manage the unintended
consequences that typically arise from a conflicting-goals situation?
First, acknowledge that
these conflicts exist. Second, ensure that the two goals
are explicit and that the consequences of trying to achieve both
at the same time are understood. Third, test whether both goals
should be considered equally important. Fourth, consider sequencing
the achievement of the goals by expediting one and delaying the
other. Finally, challenge the very assumption that the two goals
are in conflict.
By inquiring more deeply into priorities, managers often realize
that some seemingly conflicting goals are in fact aligned.
goals are an inescapable part of organizational life. Although
you can’t always prevent such dilemmas from
arising, you can control how you respond to them. You can deny
them or act
in ways that make them worse. Or, you can develop creative approaches
that will actually increase your ability to achieve what you want.
With practice, you might even be able to challenge the very assumption
that the conflict is inevitable!
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FROM THE FIELD
A new management
style based on ideas from Indian philosophy and embracing soft
touch concepts such
as emotional intelligence and servant leadership
may be supplanting the aggressive “greed is good” executive
mindset that went belly-up with the Enron debacle and the tech bust.
The October 19
issue of Business Week dubs this new approach “Karma
Capitalism” and reports on the disproportionate and influential
contributions of Indian management gurus (not to mention swamis)
to creating corporate cultures that balance the interests of shareholders
with those of workers, customers, the environment, and society as
In addition to
the broad social implications, many managers are finding in this
approach guidance on their own paths to personal
fulfillment. Management courses that teach mental or yoga exercises
drawn from the Hindu Bhagavad Gita are catching the interest of the
highly-successful-but-miserable executive seeking emotional equanimity
and better relationships with coworkers.
As the behemoth Indian economy, itself marked by extreme inequities,
becomes a more dominant factor in world commerce, these ideas may
bring a new vision of responsibility to managers who want their companies
to both do well and be a source of good for society.
Read the source article in Business Week.
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