A man by the name of Carl W. Buehner once said something along the lines of: “People will forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel”. I’m paraphrasing here, of course, but the main message is evident. When we communicate with each other, there are many different ways to … Continue reading People Will Remember How A Good Story Made Them Feel…
The world we live in is changing at an ever increasing rate. But it is not only the rate of change that is a constant challenge for management, it is also the fact that the world is moving closer together (no matter whether physically or virtually) and this brings about a good mixture of cultures, … Continue reading Board Markers, Sticky Notes and #Freehugs. The importance of Human-Human interactions in the Digital Age
Why fight and argue when you could use that time for something meaningful? Recently, I have been given pause to think about what it is I have been doing, how my actions affect others around me, and why sometimes - no matter what you do - there will remain those conflicts that - unfortunately - … Continue reading Adventures in (Un)Professionalism – inspired by real events
First of all, thanks to everyone for the great conversations and swapping of ideas that have been so helpful in finding new ways to design how we interact with each other. Would you like to continue those conversations? I will be present (and in most cases presenting) at the events below. So drop me a … Continue reading Events: did we or will we see each other there?
In order to do justice to the consumer behaviour of today and the future, and to be more innovative along the way, we want to be more agile in the business world and we want to apply new approaches to finding solutions. Building the Right Environment We need human environments that enable us to … Continue reading Upscaling Culture as a part of your Organisational Design
This is a topic that I have been holding talks on lately, so I thought I would use this opportunity to post the major thoughts here - just a short recap of the lectures and things that came out of the different talks in different forums. You might also want to check out this video … Continue reading You gotta have Rules if you want to be Free… The Blogpost.
Am 30. Juni 2017 werden wir zu einer Sonderveranstaltung zum Themen-Schwerpunkt Organisationsentwicklung einladen. Vielen Dank im Voraus an AOE für die Organisation und das Hosting an dem Tag. Auch wenn sich ein Unternehmen im großen Maß der Selbstorganisation verschrieben hat, wird es dennoch Schlüsselpersonen geben, die die Entwicklung der Organisation vorantreiben. In kleineren Unternehmen oder … Continue reading Wer treibt Organisationsentwicklung in selbstgeführten Organisationen? Die (Un)Konferenz!
You gotta have rules in order to be free...
At the next Agile Talks (www.agiletalks.de/talks/27-04-2017.html) on April 27th 2017, I will hold a talk and group discussion on the question of how much "freedom" in the working environment is really helpful, and what it means to be able to keep things "under control" without somehow forcing people to do things.
In this world of self-organization, we have gone past what everyone knows as "people empowerment" to a world where collaboration, participation, creativity and general freedom to take responsibility are more important than "reporting lines" and "directives". So let's find out what it means to be very open and free about how people go about their jobs, while at the same time not neglecting the fact that we do need structure, common rules, and yes - even boundaries.
A statement I was once confronted with: "Powerful managers are good for an organization. It is the 'powerless' who are the ineffective Managers." I wonder why anyone would agree with this statement? What is power anyway? You know what? According to the American Heritage Dictionary, power is defined as: "The ability or capacity to … Continue reading What is this Power of which you speak?
The title was purposely chosen as a sort of eye-catcher. Because seriously - nobody likes a bossy-boss. Am I right? Often I ask myself: "what do you do to make sure you're helping the team as a leader, and not just bossing them around?" My answer has always been - I think of the things that I would … Continue reading Some thoughts on being a boss