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Next Webinar – Altocracy: Alternative Organizing Strategies

In our earlier webinar, we explored the role and influence of bureaucracy. For all of its foibles and faults, it has been a remarkably persistent form of organizing. And, arguably, a useful one. But not without its (numerous) faults. Paraphrasing Winston Churchill, bureaucracy could be described as “the worst form of organizing, except for all…
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Special Webinar: Adapting Project Management For The Real World

Jointly presented by Executive Education at the University of Alberta School of Business and Interthink Consulting. 28 July 2016 – 11:00am–12:00pm MDT As noble a discipline as project management might be, it is still looked on with mistrust by some. It can be seen as overly rigid and bureaucratic. Overly linear and traditional by others….
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Webinar: Collaboration Tech on Projects: Problem or Opportunity?

Businesses that use social technologies and social media are more likely to lead their market sector, have greater market share than their competitors and use management practices that result in higher margins. So what does that mean for you? Elizabeth Harrin will set the scene about how social and collaboration tools are used at work…
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Webinar: The Zen of Problem Solving: The Path of No Resistance

There are solutions to some people problems that from an outside perspective look like magic. Do one small, simple thing, and large, seemingly intractable problems vanish. In reality, getting to the point where the ‘little simple thing’ becomes visible to the problem solver is sometimes a long, painful and poorly marked path. But this should…
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Webinar – Bureaucracy: Its Rise, Role, Rationale & Remedies

Bureaucracy is an intriguingly persistent structure. While some argue it is the source of centralized efficiency and organizational effectiveness, many more suggest it is the deranged product of power-mad functionaries with too many delusions of grandeur and not enough friends. What is curious is bureaucracy’s remarkable persistence. For an organizational form of working and organizing…
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Rescheduled: Webinar – Communicating Bad News: Practical Proactive Protocols

None of us are very motivated to deliver bad news to anyone. Sometimes the reason is that we simply don’t like to admit failure. Other times we want to avoid the consequences of failure. Or we don’t want to be the messenger getting shot. It’s not always about ‘us,’ though. We often don’t want to…
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Webinar – Rules, Rules, Rules: The Useful, the Ridiculous and the Simply Ill-Advised

Rules permeate our existence. They are the essence of how we function as a civilized society. They form useful guidance in making complex situations more comprehensible. They are also the bane of all of us who have ever been victimized by a bureaucracy run amok. To understand the influence of rules, it helps to be…
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Webinar – Taking A Read On 2015

This webinar is our fourth annual ‘Book Review’ as we close out the year. In December’s webinar Peter and Mark share the microphone in a collaborative conversation. We both love to read, and we love to share what we’ve read with you. In this webinar, we will be discussing the best (mostly) business books we…
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Webinar – The Many Faces of Leadership

Leadership, by definition, is also about followers and why we follow. Followers display the characteristics of their leaders. If the leader is ‘dedicated/hardworking/trustworthy/determined/loyal’ then so will be their followers. Today one of the great management complaints is the lack of dedication, trustworthiness, loyalty and determination of the current generation (choose a letter of your choice…
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Webinar – Managing Innovation: Just An Oxymoron?

Innovation and creativity are often considered to be interchangeable ideas. And there is a strong sense that creativity is a product of inspiration and sudden insight. The belief is that creativity needs to be allowed to happen, and that attempts to manage creativity are inappropriate, stifling and unnecessary. At the same time, the vast majority…
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