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Hidden Hierarchies

March 9, 2006
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Flat organizational structures can hide both hierarchies and agendas. Flat organizations can be subject to manipulation by executives.
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Small Groups, Big Ideas

March 9, 2006
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W.L. Gore believes its egalitarian workforce philosophy--no titles, workers collaborating in small teams--fuels creativity and innovation. But as global expansion raises the need for more formalized practices, can the company maintain itself?
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Do I Change Corporate Culture Diplomatically

February 22, 2006
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I am trying to change the culture at my new job. I want the employees to be more aware of how their attitudes, cooperation, responsibility, communication skills and attendance affect our organization. How do I illustrate this without alienating people?
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Do We Move From Paternalism to Truly Measuring Performance

January 27, 2006
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We want to move from a paternalistic culture toward a more performance-oriented one. Over the years we have laid the groundwork for forced ranking in our performance management system. How do we now launch it successfully?
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An Open Letter to Everyone

January 20, 2006
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US Airways VP of culture integration Larry LeSueur seeks worker input on how the newly merged company can succeed.
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Tangle of Unions is a Challenge

January 20, 2006
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Dealing with most merger issues was a breeze for US Airways and America West, compared to dealing with the 18 unions now under the merged carrier's umbrella.
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Getting Everyone Aboard

January 20, 2006
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US Airways Group is launching several programs to ensure that members of its newly merged workforce don't feel like corporate orphans.
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On the Same Flight Plan

January 20, 2006
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As US Airways and America West join forces, integrating the carriers' very different cultures is not only key to ensuring a smooth transition--the new company's survival might hinge on it. The merger deal, worth $1.5 billion, has been billed as a way to make both carriers more efficient.
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<i>Dear Workforce -</i> How Do We Move From Paternalism to Truly Measuring Performance

December 22, 2005
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We want to move from a paternalistic culture toward a more performance-oriented one. Over the years we have laid the groundwork for forced ranking in our performance management system. How do we now launch it successfully?
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Do We Reverse a Culture Of Hostility

December 15, 2005
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Our human resources department feels powerless to fix an entrenched problem. We lost some good people in recent years as a result of a hostile work environment, triggered by a vice president who constantly denigrates employees. Given that our human resources department has given up trying, what could be done to try to remedy the situation?
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