I’ve been doing a lot of research into what enables effective self-organisation and responsiveness. I recently read the wonderful book, Legacy, where James Kerr writes about the culture and practices that make the All Blacks a great team. I found it interesting how much of what they do, have application in corporate teams, especially … Continue reading GameOn! From Gameplan to Gameplay
“Innovation is not so much about having ideas as it is about making connections” Harold Jarche Last week I had the opportunity to facilitate a week-long “innovation sprint” for Agile 42, an international agile coaching company. After recovering from my time spent facilitating 39 other facilitators (on my own!) I finally had time to reflect on … Continue reading If you want to innovate, don’t say so
It’s amazing how much one can learn from a simple game using a marshmallow and some spaghetti. I first came across the so-called Marshmallow challenge when I discovered Tom Wujec’s Ted talk. I later also found his site where he generously shares detailed step-by-step instructions as well as presentations one can use as facilitation aids. In short, small groups … Continue reading Three lessons from a marshmallow
I love some of the things that the Agile community comes up with. I am very excited about the apparent move of this thinking from IT into the rest of the organisation. I’ve known about the Agile manifesto for a while, but recently came across a new one … the Declaration of inter-dependence. Here’s what people … Continue reading Declaration of Interdependence
I had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine yesterday about the perspective that “everyone is a leader” and what that says about management. The debate around the difference between management and leadership is certainly not a new one, and it seems that everyone has a different definition for each of these concepts. It … Continue reading Has management become a dirty word?
In the same “lost” Steve Jobs interview I blogged about last week, he shares this anecdote as a metaphor for team work. “When I was a young kid there was a widowed man who lived up the street. He was in his eighties. He’s a little scary looking. And I got to know him a … Continue reading A great metaphor for teamwork from Steve Jobs