Tag: Shifting the Burden

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Stewardship: A New Employment Covenant

The latest casualty of the changes sweeping through corporate America is the lifetime employment contract — the implicit agreement that provided employees with economic …

Using the Archetype Family Tree as a Diagnostic Tool

Consider the plight of a small “mom and pop” lawn care company. The owners faced periodic cash shortages due to the cyclical nature of …

Organizational Addictions: Breaking the Habit

Caffeine Addiction It’s 6:00 a.m. on a Monday morning. The alarm clock blares, jolting you out of bed. You shuffle down to …

Managing Hospital Emergency Capacity

It’s 11:30 on a Friday night at San Jose Medical Center. In the operating room are the victims of an auto accident — a woman, …

Shifting the Burden: Moving Beyond a Reactive Orientation

Although the parable of the boiled frog has become a familiar story in organizational learning circles, it does not yet seem to prevent organizations …

Introducing the Systems Archetypes: Shifting the Burden

As with the previous systems archetype that we discussed, “Fixes That Fail,” “Shifting the Burden” is about how the pressure of a worsening problem …