Dr. Ichak Adizes, Ph. D.
                • Organizational Heaven, Managerial Hell
                  How would you like to work in an organization where you have a lifetime appointment? You can be fired only for some extreme violation of ethics. It must be very extreme. You choose what to work on. If you do not like your assignment, you can refuse it until they give you something you want to do.
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                •  Too Much Can Be Too Bad
                  The successful entrepreneurs I discovered were not that articulate. Not that sophisticated...People with entrepreneurial talent know little, but feel intuitively what is right or wrong. They are people who have no fear because they lack too much knowledge that might deter them.
                   
                • What is Wrong With Business Coaching
                  Coaching is the latest craze in organizational development. Thousands are calling themselves coaches and making a living from it. There are dangers in this practice – what are they and why are they dangerous?
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          • The Power at Conception
            There is a pattern here. There is something that happens at conception. To rephrase the Chinese, it is not only that the longest trip starts with a single step, but the direction that first step takes determines what the experience of the trip will be. What road you will travel.
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          • The Fallacies of Pure Thinking
            In my theory of perception, the way in which we each look at life provides the reference point for differentiation. According to my view, our behavior and decisions are driven by a composition of the three categories: either by what we want to do, and/ or by what we believe we should do, and/or by what needs to be done, i.e, by what is going on; by reality.
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          • Adizes Therapy From Birth
            For this week’s blog post, I invited Anna Gurariy, Owner and Director at the Guranya Montessori School, to share her analysis of how the Montessori method and the Adizes methodology are interconnected. I hope you enjoy it.
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          • (A) and (I) Substitutions
            I am back to the question of deciding on a just and effective hiring policy; namely to evaluate the practice of employing relatives, friends, and political associates to managerial positions, an accepted form of staffing that is common in many developing countries.
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          • The Secret of Success of Any System
            So, what is the role of management? Of leadership? Of a parent? Of a national leader? To make and keep the system they are managing, or leading, or parenting…..“healthy”.
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          • Nepotism vs. Materialism
            I am in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. At the Forum for a sovereign state fund, Samruk Kazyna, to discuss organizational transformation.A distinguished British leader of a company with 350,000 employees speaks before me.
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          • Dr. Adizes Speech at the Samruk Kazyna Transformation Forum in Astana
            I am in Kazakhstan. I have been invited to speak at a forum on how to make a holding company with 350,000 employees and assets of 100 billion dollars competitive in the global marketplace. The goal is straightforward enough: meet or exceed global indicators of success like EVA or ROI.
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          • What is Wrong with Business Schools
            Fifty years ago, when I received my MBA and doctoral degrees at Columbia University Business School, MBA programs were not yet popular. Since that time offers have grown like mushrooms after the rain, especially in Eastern Europe and the developing countries. In India, I have noticed Business Schools are everywhere, and the US business schools are making fortunes essentially franchising their programs.
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          • Why Argentina Lost and Germany Won - Analyzing the Game Using Adizes Theory
            Teams, whether for work or for sports, behave at a level above the individuals and, as such, are subject to system principles.Although all the four Adizes roles (PAEI) are necessary, both for individuals and teams, the (A) and (I) functions seem to impact team performance more than the (E) and (P) ones, particularly in group sports, like soccer.
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          • The Events in Israel and Gaza - a Reaction
            What does Hamas want to achieve by sending over one thousand rockets into Israel? It knows Israel has an “Iron Dome” shield that intercepts those rockets and destroys them in mid-air. So far not one Israeli has been killed.It knows that eventually Israel will enter Gaza and destroy whatever little is left of the infrastructure. It knows Israel will respond with air attacks that will kill many Palestinians.
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          • The Value of Disagreements
            People by and large find disagreement to be disagreeable. Annoying. Upsetting. And in the case of someone who is narcissistic, it is likely to engender belligerence. Why? Because disagreements interfere with our sense or desire for control. When someone disagrees with us, we often respond somewhat abruptly in one or more of the following ways: You are wrong or stupid….and/or I will not cooperate because I do not agree with your decision.
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          • How to Compete with E-commerce
            By now it is old news that Amazon “killed” the bookstores. We all know that bookstores are closing left and right. It is easier to buy books on the internet.The banking industry is in trouble too. Mobile banking is on the rise and those banks that lag behind, which fail to become mobile, will inevitably disappear.
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          • On Core Competency and Value Propositions
            One of the cornerstones of strategic planning is, of course, to analyze core competencies and value propositions (what value you provide that makes your customers come to you and not to your competitors). We take that for granted. But should it be the responsibility of the CEO? Is that his role in the company?
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          • Change and Its Repercussions for The Banking Industry
            Changes have always existed but their speed and frequency have become rather apparent. Changes are present in all areas of life, but here we focus on those happening in the banking industry. Banks are undergoing revolutionary changes and they must change or perish in their present form. The article explains why banks must change and what are the threats to both asset and liability sides they would face otherwise.
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          • Growing and Fixed Pies
            Okay, the title is a bit of a teaser. “Pies”, in this instance, are a serious business. When I use the term “a fixed pie,” I am referring to a belief system that assumes that if someone has a bigger piece of the pie, others have less.Have you ever seen children fight over a piece of pie? When one child’s slice is larger, the others complain. (Mostly observed in countries where abundance is rare).
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          • Change and Its Repercussions for Leadership
            While change has been ever-present for millions of years, today, it has taken on a role in our lives that is far more formidable… and even dangerous. We now tend to find ourselves at a loss, unable to respond (to change) adequately or within a necessary time frame. In short, we are overwhelmed.
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          • "IF"
            In my consulting experience, I come across many instances when people in the meeting say “IF” so and so happens than… And, I find this “IF” to be disempowering. It also does not point or direct us to think actively, proactively at what we will do.
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