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    • coffeeandjunk1 year agoWriter

      What makes an employee focus on politics than on innovation? What’s that tipping point in a company, and how can we avoid that? And what has traffic jams got to do with it?

    • DellwoodBarker1 year ago

      Great Read!


      At the heart of every phase transition is a tug-of-war between competing forces. They are triggered when small shifts in system properties—for example, number of cars on the road—cause the balance between those forces to change.

      Uniting to support crazy ideas is the rational choice in new startups. Always.

    • thorgalle
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      1 year ago

      Nice model! And ways of evaluating where a company is at this point. I’m wondering though: how much of this is avoidable? If your company offers a 5% salary rise on a promotion, and other companies offer 50%, then your non-salary attributes must be very high to attract experienced managers.

      It seems that reducing politics and staying innovative in a bigger company requires awareness of these organizational effects for all employees!

    • jeff
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      1 year ago

      Really interesting framework for thinking about the kinds of behavior that an organization fosters. Minimizing "Return on Politics" seems like a great way to incentivize innovation.