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Each month, the Organization Development Network shares with its members articles from a number of journals to support the advancement of our members' OD practice.
Table of Contents

Practicing OD
Practicing OD
Keys4 Keys to Accelerating Collaboration
Frederick A. Miller and Judith H. Katz

Collaboration has been a watchword of organizations for decades - yet a variety of obstacles have prevented organizations from optimizing their collaborative capacity. In this article, which is based on our learning in organizations around the world, we describe how to accelerate collaboration via use of a common language for interactions, the essential choice that everyone must make in order to effectively collaborate, and how OD practitioners can help organizations incorporate this language into their day-to-day work, creating a new way of interacting that accelerates performance.

WhyItsWhy It's More Demanding to Work for a Company Without a Traditional Hierarchy
Aimee Groth, Quartz

Working without a manager might sound like a dream but the reality is that it's often much more demanding. As companies like Zappos and Medium adopt self-governing structures, flat management is piquing the interest of myriad organizations-though it's not entirely new.

TwitterHow Twitter's Engineering Teams Maintain Great Company Culture
Taylor Soper, GeekWire

As Chris Fry and Raffi Krikorian talk about Twitter's ambitions as a company, the phrase "change the world" is repeated numerous times.

Lots of organizations say they want to change the world, but, in fact, Twitter is actually doing it. There are few companies founded in the last decade that have achieved more success and caused more disruption than the social media giant, which has arguably redefined how we communicate using the Internet.

BreakingBadBreaking Bad Leadership Habits
Jean-Francois Manzoni, INSEAD Knowledge

Leaders have to learn and practice new management techniques to overcome the habits that could be holding them back. In two articles, I examine the obstacles and, later, the factors that can help senior executives overcome them.

RetellingRetelling Stories in Organizations: Understanding the Functions of Narrative Repetition
Stephanie L. Dailey and Larry Browning, Academy of Management Review

Scholars have yet to explore narrative repetition-when a story is recalled and retold from another narrative-for its rich conceptual depth. To build a case for this area, we analyze stories from scholarly research to identify the functions of narrative repetition. We distinguish three dualities produced through repetition, which are grounded in cultural issues of sameness and difference. ... Furthermore, we offer narrative repetition as a new methodology for organizational research with the recommendation that scholars use the recurrence of a story as a starting point for inquiry into the cultural life of organizations.
UnlimitedUnlimited Paid Vacation: Too Good to Be True?
Anthony Volastro, CNBC

Americans are working longer hours and working later into life than ever before, so it's not surprising that almost 60 percent of Americans feel vacation-deprived, according to Expedia's 2013 Vacation Deprivation study. And even when they are getting some R&R on the beach, 67 percent of vacationers said they stay connected remotely to the office, checking email and voice mail regularly.
DiversityDiversity Programs Increasingly Focus on Work Styles and Values, Study Reveals
Caryn Freeman, Bloomberg BNA

Differences in work values and styles are now considered aspects of employer diversity programs, as they have gradually evolved from focusing strictly on demographics, according to a study released Jan. 23.

ParadoxThe Paradox of Publicity: How Awards Can Negatively Affect the Evaluation of Quality
Balazs Kovacs and Amanda J. Sharkey, Administrative Science Quarterly

Although increases in status often lead to more favorable inferences about quality in subsequent evaluations, in this paper, we examine a setting in which an increase to an actor's status results in less favorable quality evaluations, contrary to what much of sociological and management theory would predict.

Running Your Business
AreYouAre You Overlooking Your Secret Workforce?
Mary Schaefer, SmartBlog on Leadership

You know those things that get done, and you really don't know how they happen, until they don't?

Or those employees you see only once or twice a year in performance reviews? When you look at the data, they are clearly getting their jobs done, but, otherwise, they seem invisible.

Meet your secret workforce. You can always count on them. They "keep on keeping on" without any particular recognition, attention or prodding.

Painless6 Painless Ways to Become a Better Boss
Brendon Schenecker, Fast Company

Managing an office or company well is no small feat, but it is something you can get better at. If you're looking to take your management to the next level, these six tricks can get you headed in the right direction.
HolacracyHolacracy 101: Could This Nontraditional Business Structure Work for You?
Stephanie Taylor Christensen, Intuit Small Business Blog

As most entrepreneurs will attest, job titles don't define or limit the roles you or your employees must perform to meet the daily demands of running a business. Because flexibility and collaboration are instrumental to small-business success, why not scrap your traditional organizational structure? Trading hierarchy for "holacracy" could boost productivity.