Unit 5 Researched Proposal

Unit 5 Researched Proposal - Manager's Toolbox Polarity...

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Manager's Toolbox: Polarity Skills Project Submitted to: Mr. Jerry Gladstone Vice president Merck & Co Prepared by Silviya Yovcheva Manager Human Recourses Merck & Co Date August 3, 2010 August 3, 2010
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Mr. Jerry Gladstone, Vice President Merck & Co 3900 N.W. Broward Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL.33301 Dear Mr. Gladstone: We live in a polarized world. Every organization I am involved with seems to be confronted with issues of polarity. To illustrate the point, ask yourself a question. Which is more important to breathing; inhaling or exhaling? The question is absurd because breathing is the oscillation between these two polar activities. Polarity Management allows leaders and organizations to identify interdependent pairs and plan for using the best of both, while avoiding their downsides. The question, for example, is NOT whether to seek stability or change but how to plan for both. The question is NOT whether to centralize or decentralize but how to optimize the benefits of these poles, allowing the organization to move easily between the two to accommodate their ever changing needs. When polarities are managed to obtain the best of both conditions, the tension between the poles is converted into creative energy. When the tension between stability and change is balanced well, you will witness the organization benefitting from the comfort and predictability inherent in stability AND embrace the fresh energy and ideas that change can bring. When this tension is poorly balanced or ignored all together, you will witness stagnation where the desire was stability. And/or you will witness chaos when change was the sole focus. When leaders mistake a polarity to manage as a problem to solve, the tension between the poles is converted into destructive energy. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Manager's Toolbox: Polarity Skills Project: Page 1
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Introduction Employers are realising that if they are serious about workplace reform and increased productivity they must adopt and manage work practices which enable their employees to meet both work and family commitments. This issue can in part be addressed by the introduction of flexible working arrangements.
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