Productivity Killers Series
by Fred Kofman
At a time when organizations seem to be bombarded with “new” threats, I feel it’s worthwhile to consider this basic paradox: a system’s greatest danger often lies in its most crucial or inherent part.
The Internet is rife with viruses, yet an offline computer is rendered mostly useless in modern times. Houses are filled with dangerous wiring and pipes, which, in turn, make them habitable. Composed of individuals and relationships, an organization’s most inherent threat is that of “cultural viruses”, or threats to its productivity.
To combat these risks, we install antivirus programs onto our computers and get insurance on our homes. Safeguarding organizations from viruses like “productivity killers”, however, is a greater challenge...
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