Minding Organization: Bring the Future to the Present and Turn Creative Ideas into Business Solutions

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The Minding Organization A few years ago, Cementos Mexicanos(Cemex), the world's third-largest cement company, was struggling.More than two-thirds of their deliveries were late, customercomplaints were numerous, and new orders were dwindling sharply.Then Cemex executives realized they needed to get a glimpse of thefuture. They saw themselves responding to customer needs as eachneed emerged. They visualized successful deliveries with ordersplaced only an hour in advance. Their entire organization becameinvolved in...

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Overview

The Minding Organization A few years ago, Cementos Mexicanos(Cemex), the world's third-largest cement company, was struggling.More than two-thirds of their deliveries were late, customercomplaints were numerous, and new orders were dwindling sharply.Then Cemex executives realized they needed to get a glimpse of thefuture. They saw themselves responding to customer needs as eachneed emerged. They visualized successful deliveries with ordersplaced only an hour in advance. Their entire organization becameinvolved in the process of adapting to unplanned occurrences. Byembracing the uncertainty and chaos of their business and acompany-wide commitment to excellence, Cemex was completelytransformed in a matter of months. This is a remarkable example ofminding: identifying a purpose, developing a team, and acting toaccomplish that purpose. Achieving this kind of high-levelconnection is what The Minding Organization is all about. This bookwill show you how to transform your organization into one thatbehaves like a living organism-alive with ideas and instantly ableto adapt for survival in an increasingly complex, unpredictableglobal business world. A minding organization coordinates itsefforts as a single being; the right hand literally knows what theleft hand is doing. The minding process will help you save preciouswork time, avoid costly mistakes, build incentives for speed, andfind creative solutions when unpredictable problems arise. Creatinga minding organization will teach you how to:
* Operate on the edge of chaos, embracing uncertainty as astrategy
* Bring insights up front that would normally be learned muchlater
* Distribute decision-making in such a way that everyone has theresponsibility to be right and the authority to be wrong
* Create an environment in which the human spirit can soar
The Minding Organization will show you how less planning and moreadapting makes for a competitive advantage, as you learn to copewith new, ever-changing conditions and innovate faster than yourcompetitors.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471347811
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.11 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Moshe F. Rubinstein, PhD, is an internationally renowned authorityon problem solving and creativity in organizations. He is aprofessor at the UCLA School of Engineering and Applied Science andDirector of the A-B-C Corporate Network at the Anderson GraduateSchool of Management at UCLA. He teaches in management executiveeducation programs at major universities and organizations all overthe world. He has written eight books, including the now-classicPatterns of Problem Solving. Major organizations, including Fortune500 companies, have sought his advice on creativity andinnovation.

Iris R. Firstenberg, PhD, is an adjunct professor in the PsychologyDepartment at UCLA and also teaches in the UCLA Engineering andManagement Program. She is the Associate Director of the A-B-CCorporate Network at the Anderson Graduate School of Management atUCLA.

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Table of Contents

The Minding Organization.

Transforming the Organization into an Organism.

Adapting and Planning.

Structure, Creativity, and Error: The Foundations of the MindingOrganization.

Chaos to Order to Chaos: Embracing Uncertainty.

Expanding the Imagination: Frames as Filters.

Kniht Backwards: Visit the Future in the Present.

The New Leadership: Operating on the Edge of Chaos.

The Minding Organization in Action.

Epilogue.

Appendix.

Sources.

Index.

About the Authors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2006

    Riding the wave of chaos

    This book will show you to consciously respond instead of reacting for the betterment of your organization.

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