This infographic from Raconteur is a good summary of cognitive biases. People and hence, organizations bring their bias to work each day. How we as change agents maneuver to help build environments where those people can generate successful outcomes is important. The first step is in understanding behavior and how it is driven by our biases. I find this extremely interesting as I was a psych major for a semester. I also have a very dear friend who is a Forensic Psychologist, Dr. Shawn Roberson, whom I enjoy discussing this “Agile” thing with on occasion. There is much in the field that directly affects our skills as coaches to successfully help people transform.
Ngobi, E. (2018, January 31). Cognitive bias. Retrieved March 26, 2018, from https://www.raconteur.net/infographics/cognitive-bias
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.
Read the rest of the article at Orgmindset.com.
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.
One of the common arguments for any agile framework is “Just try it – it works”. I’m not going to argue whether they do, (I believe that done right, the famous ones all do). Instead, I would like to explore why practices or ideas which are so different and seemingly “wrong” from one framework’s perspective can still be “right”.
So many facets
Let’s start with an example: Should you sprint? Continue reading “The ambivalence of truth”
As the month of November comes to a close, so will Michael Huerta’s time as the FAA Administrator, as his 5-year term ends, January 2018. Aeronautical Center employees were pleased that the Administrator chose to make one last visit to the Center as he finishes out his 7-year career with the FAA. During his two-day visit to the Center, he and Max Slutsky, his special assistant participated in a Town Hall meeting where the Administrator recognized and praised the critical work being accomplished across the Center, and for the employees’ ability to stay focused on the core mission of providing the safest and most efficient aerospace system in the world. The Administrator commented, “Think about our narrative now vs. where it used to be. Think about the number of aircraft registered. It took us 100 years, to get to the point where 300,000 aircraft were registered; it took us only two years to get to having 1-million aircraft registered. We are more flexible and nimble as an agency than ever before.” Michelle Coppedge, Aeronautical Center Director, provided opening remarks and commended his efforts in providing invaluable support to the Center over the years. “He’s really stood behind many of our accomplishments as aviation has changed a lot in just 5 years,” Coppedge said. She highlighted several advances that have occurred during his term: the growth of the new common Air Route Surveillance Radar; renovations of the Systems Training Building; providing urgent support that was needed when the agency needed to hire over 1,400 air traffic controllers while receiving 29,000 job applications; and providing support during some of the state’s and nation’s catastrophic storms.
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Great work guys. Love the topic. Interesting, the barriers humans build.