Workplace Superstars in Resistant Organizations

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1991 - 200 من الصفحات
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Despite our national preoccupation with achievement, little attention seems to be paid to the pursuit of excellence on an individual basis. For while it's easy to talk about the collective excellence of an organization, Seth Allcorn argues, no one really wants to be threatened by the superior individual performance of another. In this work, Allcorn examines the paradox of human nature that places individuals of distinction in the position of being rejected and ostracized by their peers. He explores the psychological underpinnings of this phenomenon and suggests ways of revising organizational culture to foster individual excellence.

Focusing on the psychological aspects of people and the workplace, Allcorn divides his study into three sections. The first offers an introduction to the search for excellence and discusses the identification of workplace superstars. Also examined are the organizational trends that inhibit individual achievement, the interaction between the superstars and others, and the psychology of office behavior. Section two details the different types of superstars found in organizations and their approaches to achieving excellence. Finally, section three explores some possibilities for adapting current organizational structures to allow and encourage greater pursuit of personal excellence. With its basis in the author's practical experience in middle management, this volume will be a valuable resource for students and professionals in human resource management as well as the management and business fields.

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In Search of Excellence The Superstar Factor
3
Who Are the Superstars?
15
Organizational Trends Opposed to Achieving Individual Excellence
29
Feelings in the Workplace The Superstar Versus Others
41
Understanding Behavior at Work
57
CASE STUDIES OF SUPERSTAR BURNOUT
65
The Common Denominator
67
The Pulsar
75
The White Dwarf
117
Individual Excellence in the Workplace
127
IN PURSUIT OF INDIVIDUAL EXCELLENCE
145
Toward an Organizational Culture of Individual Excellence
147
The Search for Individual Excellence
159
Looking Ahead to Achieving Excellence
175
Psychological Defenses at Work
181
Notes
187

The Supernova
87
The Black Hole
97
The Red Giant
107
Bibliography
193
Index
197
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الصفحة 148 - Schein (1985) defines culture as: a pattern of basic assumptions — invented, discovered, or developed by a given group as it learns to cope with its problems of external adaptation and internal integration — that has worked well enough to be considered valid and therefore, to be taught to new members as the correct way to perceive, think, and feel in relation to those problems, (p.
الصفحة 170 - Intimacy, Friendship, and Love. Every organization must work out its rules of the game for peer relationships, for relationships between the sexes, and for the manner in which openness and intimacy are to be handled in the context of managing the organisation's tasks.
الصفحة 169 - Power and Status. Every organization must work out its pecking order, its criteria and rules for how one gets, maintains, and loses power; consensus in this area is crucial to help members manage feelings of aggression. 4.
الصفحة 172 - Every group, like every society, faces unexplainable events that must be given meaning so that members can respond to them and avoid the anxiety of dealing with the unexplainable and uncontrollable.
الصفحة 163 - Here are the linguistic and behavioral rules that define what is real and what is not, what is a "fact," how truth is ultimately to be determined, and whether truth is "revealed...
الصفحة 9 - Each seemed an appropriate response to growing complexity. But the result was that the basics got lost in a blur of well-meaning gibberish that took us further and further from excellent performance in any sphere. We got so tied up in our techniques, devices and programs that we forgot about people — the people who produce the product or service and the people who consume it. (We hasten to add that by "back to basics...
الصفحة ix - ... and applied planning fields. Much of the work underlying this volume was accomplished at a time when I was affiliated with the Regional Science Research Institute of Philadelphia, and especial acknowledgement is due to the Institute for its generous support during this exploratory phase. In addition, I wish to acknowledge a debt of gratitude to my friends and colleagues, Michael de Bruynkops-Wade, WL Garrison, Roxanne Hamilton, Jean-Pierre Lemardeley, Ross MacKinnon, and ST Maxwell. These individuals...

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SETH ALLCORN, Ph.D., is Associate Dean for Fiscal Affairs at the Stritch School of Medicine of Loyola University in Chicago. He has served as the Administrator of the Department of Medicine of the School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Rochester and was Administrator of the Department of Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has published more than 45 articles, a book, and several chapters on hospital management, medical group and medical school management, and the psychodynamics of organizations, among other topics.

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