OrgMindset: Fixed or Variable? It’s Actually Both!

By  | February 21, 2018

Should my team structure be fixed or variable? Should my funding be fixed or variable? Should the plan reflect fixed expectations or variable possibilities?

The reality is, it’s neither one of those isolated notions, but rather both of them enabling organization’s performance in concert with each other.

On the one hand, enterprise reality contains inherent uncertainty and variability. External conditions change, internal factors evolve and, even more importantly, we are able to refine our understanding of those only over time. It is fundamentally irrational to attempt building organizational plans and structures that contain “all the answers” inside. Continue reading “OrgMindset: Fixed or Variable? It’s Actually Both!”

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WSJ: What My Son With Autism Taught Me About Managing People

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Individuals in the workplace have their own distinctive cognitive wiring that shapes how they approach the world. ILLUSTRATION: JOHN HERSEY FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

I like to think I was a considerate colleague when I worked in an office. I paid attention to cultural and gender differences. I made an effort to run inclusive meetings and write inclusive articles.

But for all my attention to diversity, I didn’t pay attention to one crucial form of difference: the way people think.

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The prioritization of priority

Ways of working and ways of thinking… and other obvious, obscure things.

Prioritization doesn’t matter until you run out of capacity.

And since it is Valentine’s Day, the commercial holiday of love, a funny bit from the agilesphere…

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Like a huddle in a football game, except a little bit longer than a huddle

Authored by Andrew Long, a blogagility.com contributing author.

When teaching teams about Scrum and its design, there’s no better source than Jeff Sutherland himself. Here, in particular, is one video that I’ve used dozens of times:
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OMECv2 certification, thank you, Alex Yakyma

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Well, I passed the exam and earned another certification! I suppose I’m Org Mindset Enterprise Coach (OMEC version 2) #000027. Which is cool because it is my birth date day.

However, it isn’t the trophy that really matters. Continue reading “OMECv2 certification, thank you, Alex Yakyma”

The fallacy of stale old mental models about managing people

Managers have never, ever been able to “manage” creative knowledge workers. Only negotiate with them to some degree. Managing knowledge workers is a fallacy of misapplied theory X thinking. Get out of the Freddie Taylor box. If you truly need to “manage” a creative knowledge worker, congratulations you have found an imposter. Continue reading “The fallacy of stale old mental models about managing people”