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Your business – a family or a battlefield?

Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer prize winning writer at the New York Times and author of The Power of Habit, said that companies resemble civil war battlefields more than they do “big happy families”. He describes workplaces as “fiefdoms where executives compete for power and credit – making their own performances seem superior and their rivals seem worse. Divisions compete for resources and sabotage each other to steal glory”.The cynic in me wants to say that many seemingly happy families exhibit the traits he describes and sibling rivalry is certainly a force to be reckoned with. However, most of us can recognise and relate to the situations that arise within businesses and organisations and contribute to, in the worst case failure, and at best under-performance and waste of resources.

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