La société malade de la gestion – Une conférence de Vincent de Gaulejac

Une conférence de Vincent de Gaulejac à l’Université Populaire de Bruxelles.

Sous une apparence pragmatique, la gestion constitue une idéologie qui légitime la guerre économique et l’obsession du rendement financier. Les ” gestionnaires ” installent en fait un nouveau pouvoir managérial. Il s’agit moins d’un pouvoir autoritaire et hiérarchique que d’une incitation à l’investissement illimité de soi dans le travail pour tenter de satisfaire ses penchants narcissiques et ses besoins de reconnaissance. Il s’agit d’instiller dans les esprits une représentation du monde et de la personne humaine, en sorte que la seule voie de réalisation de soi consiste à se jeter à corps perdu dans la ” lutte des places ” et la course à la productivité. Or, pour comme pour mieux assurer son emprise, cette logique déborde hors du champ de l’entreprise et colonise toute la société.

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What Is the Theory of Your Firm? – Harvard Business Review

What Is the Theory of Your Firm? – Harvard Business Review, June 2013 Edition: “If asked to define strategy, most executives would probably come up with something like this: Strategy involves discovering and targeting attractive markets and then crafting positions that deliver sustained competitive advantage in them.”

Key points: your corporate theory should be assessed against the three “sights”: Foresight, Insight and Cross-sight.

  1. Foresight: you understand what the customers want.
  2. Insight: you know what can me the difference internally (assets and activities).
  3. Cross-sight: You look into complementarity outside your current business for potential value creation.

The author is Todd Zenger. He uses the cases of the Walt Disney Company, Apple and Mittal Steel as good examples. He highlights AT&T as an example of a company that could not get its strategy together.

IBM to make corporate donation of US$1m to Japan’s relief and recovery effort

[Disclaimer: I am employed at IBM Belgium]

IBM will make an initial corporate donation of up to US$1 million in technology and services to Japan’s relief and recovery efforts. We are reaching out to major nonprofits and the public sector in Japan to determine how best to deploy this contribution and utilize the talents of IBM employees in Japan’s recovery.

IBMers worldwide also are encouraged to make cash donations to disaster relief organizations such as the Red Cross.

I am proud be an IBMer !

Tom Peters – “How long does it take to become excellent?”

[…] Somebody asked Thomas Watson, Sr., the senior member of the Watson family that effectively founded IBM. They said, “Mr. Watson, how long does it take to become excellent?” And Mr. Watson purportedly said, “A minute.” This was years before The One Minute Manager. Somebody said, “A minute?” And he said, “Yes. It is a personal commitment to yourself that you will never again do anything that is not excellent.” And that’s what it’s about, one minute at a time. […]

(from Excellence Always June 2008 at tompeters.com)

Wow, very powerful.

So simple.

Sooo simple.