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.
Do you want to spend your career trying to do everything you can to reach the next level, or do you want to learn, grow, expand your capabilities in a way that helps others? Well then here is some food for thought...
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
Spoiler alert: the right Title is... well that actually doesn't really matter. Does this sound familiar to you: a friend works at a company with all the structures and classic roles you can think of from the Board, through VPs, down to the ever-popular "middle Management". Odd and disturbing (but sadly not uncommon) is that upper management has so much … Continue reading Anybody with the right Title can be a good Leader…
Often times we tend to fall back to that age old saying: "look out for number one". Today I would like just briefly talk about how it can be confusing to know when you concentrate on doing things for the good of the team, and when you when actually to look out for number one - meaning getting your personal goals in line with the common goal of a group.
Noch ein Event wo wir gut transportieren konnten, welche Bedeutung gutes People Management haben kann. Pioneers Meetup bei Rewe digital: Von agiler Führung und People Manager Eine spannende Runde mit guten Diskussionen. Kati und Cyril von den HR Pioneers haben mit einem Beitrag begonnen der in zwei Workgroups gemündet haben. In den Groups ging es … Continue reading HR-Pioneers Meet-Up Novemeber 2016
In November I attended the Manage Agile Konferenz in Berlin for the first time. There were many very good keynotes, presentations and workshops mainly focussed on finding new ways of applying agile principles in order to garner good team results and higher customer satisfaction. But in parts it was also very much about people. I … Continue reading Manage Agile Konferenz 2016: Getting people hyped about People Management
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